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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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Saturday, January 11, 2014

A continuing lone voice in Nebraska continues to shout through the vortex of madness that exists as it relates to hunting the 20 or so Pumas that exist in the Pine Ridge of Nebraska..............State Senator Ernie Chambers has now introduced a bill into the Assembly to ban the hunting of the "big cats"........When you hear others in the Nebraska Delegation talk about keeping a "balance of nature" through a hunt, you know that something very tainted is in the water up in this part of the world.............How can you in good conscience allow a hunting season on a "speck" of a population?......Ernie, give em hell up there---We are with you!!!!

State Sen. Chambers wants to do away with mountain lion hunting season

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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:23 am
LINCOLN, Neb. – Sen. Ernie Chambers will work to repeal a different sort of death penalty this year in the Nebraska Legislature.
The Omaha senator introduced a bill Wednesday to end a new hunting season for mountain lions in Nebraska. He even said he will prioritize his mountain lion bill rather than one carried over from last year to repeal capital punishment.
It’s a measure of just how much Chambers despises cougar hunting, and a calculation that death penalty repeal is unlikely to advance in a 60-day session dominated by issues such as Medicaid expansion and prison reform.
“These are not hunters,” Chambers said. “This is butchery. It’s slaughter.”
State officials said they established the season this year to maintain or slightly decrease a small, breeding population of the big cats in the Pine Ridge of northwest Nebraska.
Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, whose district includes a portion of the Pine Ridge, said about 90 percent of his constituents support the hunting season. And so does he.
“I think if Sen. Chambers lived with them in his backyard, he might feel differently,” Davis said. “We’re not eradicating them, we’re hunting them.”

Mountain lions were once eradicated from Nebraska, but migrating cats from surrounding states began showing up in the 1990s. Wildlife biologists have documented about 22 resident cougars in the Pine Ridge.
In 2012, lawmakers passed a bill giving the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission the authority to set a season. The agency heard strong opinions both for and against cougar hunting at public hearings.
“Part of what we’re trying to do is manage this balance between mountain lion populations and social acceptance,” Tim McCoy, the commission’s deputy director, said Wednesday.
The season opened Jan. 1, and the first two licensed hunters killed one male cougar apiece with the help of hunting dogs. The Pine Ridge season will resume in February and remain open through March or until hunters kill either two more males or one female mountain lion. Dogs, however, can’t be used for the rest of the season.
The commission also opened much of the rest of the state to year-round hunting of the big cats for those who buy a $15 permit. It did so because any cats encountered there are likely to be young males seeking new territories.
The Pine Ridge season must close after one female mountain lion is killed, even if the quota of four male cats has not yet been reached. So Chambers argued the season should have been called off in December when a young female cat was killed incidentally in a trapper’s snare in the Pine Ridge.
It showed the commission’s real motive was money rather than wildlife management, he said. The agency auctioned one of its Pine Ridge permits for $13,500.
McCoy responded by saying when the commission set quotas for the season, it took into account that a female would be killed incidentally before or during the season.
Chambers repeated a promise Wednesday that he will oppose new bills aimed at helping Game and Parks. And he upped the ante a bit by saying he will go after the agency’s budget if his repeal bill fails to pass.
His proposal, Legislative Bill 671, would repeal existing law that allows the killing of cougars that threaten livestock or people. He said he would restore that language if the hunting repeal succeeds.
The Omaha senator also introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal a 2012 measure allowing county governments to control prairie dog populations with poison.

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