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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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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fighting the "genetic and Freeway bottleneck odds", three Puma kittens were born in the Santa Monica Mountains that ring Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago...............Two of the baby cats were girls, a very good thing as it relates to population potential................The tough fact of life is that there is limited room for these Puma Kittens in and around Los Angeles with the 405 and 101 freeways penning them into confined areas...............We have so many folks in the media, film and tv professions in this city who talk a good game for wildlife and nature.............Time to put your money where your mouth is and create some type of funding to get some wildlife under and overpasses built in your great city so that these baby Pumas have a chance to spread their wings, stay out of harms way and perhaps survive long enough to meet up with some other Pumas from outside the LA region.............The road culverts(if built) might enable some of these "strangers" to make their way into LA and hook up with these new youngsters

New Baby Mountain Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains Will Face Challenges | Mammals | ReWild | KCET

Break out the cigars for the Santa Monica Mountains: they are now home to three brand new bouncing baby mountain lions. The babies, dubbed P-32, P-33, and P-34, were born a few weeks ago to proud mama P-19.
The birth announcement, which was understandably vague on close details to forestall too-curious admirers from visiting the maternity ward, came in the form of a couple of photos on the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area's Facebook Page. The cubs, two girls and a boy, were born in the general area of Malibu Springs, on National Park Service land.

NPS ranger Kate Kuykendall told the young-uns' admirers on Facebook that biologists waited for P-19 to head off to hunt before they checked on the kittens, who are all doing well. This is P-19's second litter, and NPS biologists know this well because they've been observing the second-time mother since she herself was a cub.
The identity of the other adult puma involved in the babies' creation will have to wait on the results of paternity tests, though as we reported recently the list of probable fathers in the Santa Monicas is a lot shorter that everyone would prefer.

NPS biologist holds a rNemarkably calm-looking P-32 | Photo: NPS
In response to a question on Facebook, Kuykendall says the biologists' brief handling of the babies doesn't seem to upset either them or their mother. "Sometimes the mom will move the kittens a little further from the original spot, however. Kittens are especially significant for our researchers to study because they can track them from just a few weeks old," said Kuykendall.
These babies won't have it easy: their habitat is hemmed in on all sides by either cities or ocean. And whoever their dad turns out to be, it's very likely that he's far too closely related to mama P-19 than is strictly advisable from a genetic diversity standpoint.
But facing the traffic, and unfriendly humans, and the other rigors of life in the Southern California urban-wildland interface comes later. For now, happy birthday to California's Next Top Predators!

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