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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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Sunday, December 8, 2013

COUGAR REWILDING'S Chris Spatz gave "two thumbs up" to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE for it's recent editorial that called for an evolved Carnivore Management Policy across the USA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,A Policy that would STOP THE SHOOT AND KILL PARADIGM that is now the practice of virtually every State Dept. of Conservation(save California).............Instead of "kneejerking" to the excuse that a Puma or Wolf encountered in their state(where there is not current breeding population) is a menance to human safety and therefore the "bullet to the brain" is "of course ok" to employ on the animal,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the new policy would be to live and let live except if there is truly an imminent attack on a person...............Anotherwards, if a Puma is hiding in a drain pipe or sitting in a tree, you do not kill it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,If the animal is near a school or a neighborhood, you tranquilize and move it to a more remote and rugged area and let it be on it's way...................THANK YOU MR. CHRIS FOR PROVIDING THIS INFLUENTIAL NEWSPAPER POSITIVE REINFOCEMENT AND KUDOS..............PERHAPS OTHER MEMBERs OF THE PRINT, BROADCAST, CABLE AND INTERNET MEDIA COMMUNITY WILL TAKE NOTICE AND ALSO BEGIN TO EDUCATE THE FOLKS RATHER THAN CONSTANTLY SCARING THEM WITH REPORTS OF 'BEAR ATTACK", "WILD MOUNTAIN LION ON THE LOOSE" AND "VISCIOUS WOLF LOOSE NEAR SCHOOL" TYPE NEWS STORIES


Voice of the People, Dec. 07

Wild cougars
Thank you to the Tribune editorial board for the sane and humane editorial ("The cougar was looking for love," Nov. 26). You got it right, except ...
A female cougar has yet to reach a Midwestern state east of prairie habitat in 25 years of male cougars' dispersal east, as females stay much closer to their natal range in southwestern South Dakota and other western lands. That's why we see young male cougars traveling hundreds of miles, looking for females that aren't there.
The chances of establishing breeding in the Midwest are dropping each year as both Wyoming and South Dakota continue to pound the Black Hills source population, as Nebraska launches an inaugural hunt, and as year-round unlimited kill-zones have been established across the northern prairies east of the source colonies.
Regardless, cougars need protection in Illinois. The Cougar Rewilding Foundation has professional cougar researchers on our staff who teach first-responder training for situations like what occurred in Morrison, Ill. It's a course we hope to bring to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to stop killings like these.
— Christopher Spatz, president, Cougar Rewilding Foundation, Rosendale, N.Y

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