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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, January 8, 2014

A crazy world that we live in when South Dakota Biologists brag about what good health their Puma population is in and then they turn around and deem it quite responsible to kill more and more of them each year------South Dakota Fish & Parks biologist Kevin Robling comes right out and saids his Division's hunting policies are front and center responsible for the population decline and survival rates of the Pumas there----- -“The last few years though our survival rates are right around that thirty to forty percent for the males and right around sixty to seventy-five for the females",,,,,,,, "The low survival rates are partly due to the lion hunting season and partly due to the fact that male lions are extremely territorial and will kill other lions"......... He says they also take into account that female cats only give birth to about three kittens every other year. ------So S. Dakota does not allow young male cats an opportunity to spread out beyond the Black Hills and as a result, older males kill them off---------Something has to change to stop this madness--------------------------As the great Indian humanitarian Gandhi was quoted as saying----"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,""I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth"........Our great President Abraham Lincoln concurs with this sentiment---"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights, that is the way of a whole human being".................Our great inventor Thomas Edison sees it the same way-- "Non-violence leads to the highest ethics which is the goal of all evolution",,,,." Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages" ...........And one our most brilliant minds of the 20th Century, Albert Einstein sums it up this way--"Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty"

http://listen.sdpb.org/post/south-dakota-wildlife-officials-say-mountain-lions-appear-healthy#.Usy5o_JeEYw.email


South Dakota Wildlife Officials Say Mountain Lions Appear Healthy



South Dakota wildlife biologists say mountain lions seem to be in good health.
Mountain lions are notoriously elusive creatures, and although they have been studied in South Dakota over the last ten years researchers say there’s still more to learn. State biologists say they are learning what lions eat, where they prefer to live, and how long they are expected to survive.
Wildlife officials say there are currently twenty-eight mountain lions in South Dakota that are fitted with radio collars and that is where researchers are gaining much of their information. They say lions in the Black Hills appear to be in good health despite occasional harsh weather conditions, being hunted by humans, and stiff competition for food.
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Big Game Biologist Kevin Robling says lions in the state seem to be in prime condition with good fat reserves. He says so far they’ve not seen any that are sick or emaciated and they seem to be eating well.
“A study that we recently conducted here in the Hills looking at their diets – approximately eighty percent of their diet is deer and the other twenty percent is a combination of small rodents, porcupines, groundhogs, and some elk, some big horn sheep,” says Robling.
Robling says adult lions typically eat close to forty deer-sized meals each year. They are opportunistic though and will eat whatever is available – even scavenging old carcasses at times.
Robling says the Black Hills are prime real estate for lions.
“They do seem to avoid open areas, open meadows, that sort of thing. They kind of have travel corridors that follow timber lines, tree lines, and then steep slope. Terrain ruggedness is a pretty important characteristic to mountain lion habitat so wherever the terrain is steep and rugged is a good place to find lions,” says Robling.
Although the Black Hills provides mountain lions with their preferred meal and terrain, Robling says the population is declining and survival rates are low.
“The last few years though our survival rates are right around that thirty to forty percent for the males and right around sixty to seventy-five for the females,” says Robling. Robling says the low survival rates are partly due to the lion hunting season and partly due to the fact that male lions are extremely territorial and will kill other lions. He says they also take into account that female cats only give birth to about three kittens every other year.
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FAMOUS QUOTES ABOUT HOW HUMANS REGARD AND TREAT ANIMALS
"If all the beasts were gone, man would die
from loneliness
 of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast,
happens to the man."
        --Chief Seattle

"Until he extends the circle of compassion
to all livings things,
Man will not himself find peace."
        --Albert Schweitzer

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard
also in his dealings
with men. We can judge the heart of a man
by his treatment of animals."
        --Immanuel Kant

"By ethical conduct toward all creatures,
we enter into a spiritual
relationship with the universe."
      --A. Schweitzer

"...We know from the truths of evolution
 and ecology that we are
all related and interdependent.
Anthropomorphism (crediting
animals with human emotions and traits)
 is, however, outdated.
 Rather we know that we are like animals."
        --Michael W. Fox

"I want to realize brotherhood or identity
not merely with the
beings called human, but I want to realize
identity with all life,
even with such things as crawl upon earth."
        --Mohandas Gandhi


"The question is not, can they reason? Nor,
 can they talk? But can 
they suffer?"
        --Jeremy Bentham


"The greatness of a nation and its moral
progress can be judged
 by the way its animals are treated."
        --Ghandi

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as
human rights. That is
the way of a whole human being."
        --Abraham Lincoln

"Love animals: God has given them the
 rudiments of thought and 
joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, 
don't harass them, don't 
deprive them of their happiness, don't 
work against God's intent.
 Man, do not pride yourself on superiority
 to animals; they are 
without sin, and you, with your greatness, 
defile the earth by your 
appearance on it, and leave the traces of 
your foulness after you--
alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"
        --Fyodor Dostoyevsky (novelist)

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics,
 which is the goal
of all evolution. Until we stop harming all
 other living beings,
 we are still savages."
        --Thomas Edison (inventor)

"Even one thing befalleth them: as the
one dieth, so dieth the
 other; yea, they have all one breath, so
 that a man hath no
preeminence above a beast: for all is Vanity."
        --Ecclesiastes 3:19

"Our task must be to free ourselves...by
widening our circle
of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole
 of nature and its beauty."
        --Albert Einstein (physicist, 
Nobel 1921)

"Not to hurt our humble brethren
(the animals) is our first
 duty to them, but to stop there is
not enough. We have a
higher mission--to be of service to
them whenever they
require it... If you have men who
 will exclude any of God's
creatures from the shelter of
compassion and pity, you will
have men who will deal likewise
with their fellow men."
        --Saint Francis of Assisi
 (mystic and preacher)


"All cruelty springs from weakness."
        --Seneca (4 BC - AD 65)

"We have enslaved the rest of the
animal creation, and
have treated our distant cousins in
 fur and feathers so
badly that beyond doubt, if they
were able to formulate
 a religion, they would depict the
 Devil in human form."
        --William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

"Love of animals is a universal impulse,
 a common ground
 on which all of us may meet. By loving
 and understanding
 animals, perhaps we humans shall come
 to understand each
other."
        --Dr Louis J.Camuti (1893-1981)

"It should not be believed that all beings
exist for the sake
 of the existence of man. On the contrary,
all the other beings
 too have been intended for their own
 sakes and not for the
sake of anything else."
        --Maimonides (physician and 
philosopher)

"For as long as men massacre animals,
they will kill each
 other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of
 murder and pain
cannot reap joy and love."
        --Pythagoras (philosopher and 
mathematician)

"Animals share with us the privilege
of having a soul."
        --Pythagoras (philosopher and 
mathematician)

"Compassion for animals is intimately
 connected with
goodness of character; and it may be
confidently asserted
 that he who is cruel to animals cannot
be a good man."
        --Arthur Schopenhauer (philosopher)

"The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies
in earnest."
        --Henry David Thoreau (essayist 
and poet)

"The soul is the same in all living
creatures, although
the body of each is different."
        --Hippocrates (philosopher)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for gathering all those amazing quotes together
We are the species that degrades all others ... My heart weeps
Rebecca

Rick Meril said...

some of best and brightest understand that we need to value all of creation---Too bad so many of us are clueless