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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Chris Spatz and John Laundre of COUGAR REWILDING have just published their part 2(of a 3 part series) on the urgent need and rightful implementation of a NATIONAL COUGAR RECOVERY PLAN .................Citing compelling statistics revealing California with the highest human population of any state,,,,,,,,,,,,,,how the 5000 Pumas that reside in California are not allowed to be hunted by state law,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,how there are relatively few human/puma conflicts in this state,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,how Pumas find a way to persist in both the greater LA and San Francisco urban corridors without causing havoc,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the case is made for states like NY, Maine, Georgia(and others) to be able to effectively house 1000 Pumas each,,,,,,,,,,,,,with the forests in those states to gain tremendously through the reduction of deer( lyme disease reduction as well as a recovery of the myriad plant species that have been nubbed to ground by deer proliferation)...............As Spatz and Laundre point out, a change in how state game agencies are funded has to also take place so that hunters, farmers and ranchers(who represent perhaps 10% of the USA population) are just one small voice governing wildlife management decisions and that the rest of us "civilians" also are heard loud and clear on the subject......................And all signs point to us civilians wanting Pumas(and wolves) back in our woodlands!------A good read below as you click on the link

Click here to read COUGAR REWILDINGS Part 2; Federal Jurisdiction, Broad Public Support, and the Ecological Imperative for a National Cougar Recovery Plan

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