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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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Monday, January 13, 2014

As we continue to cause environmental changes----( conversion, weather changes, garbage left outside) the animals and plants that we share the globe with are either going to adapt or perish...........The Black Bears in Florida are responding to "easy pickings" from careless human garbage disposal by not hibernating.................."A fed bear ends up a dead bear" all too often as they take undue chances around human settlement----leads Conservation Officers to relieve the problem with deadly force.........Our Communities need to get the word out on how and when to properly take out their weekly garbage.........good for the Bears,,,,,,,,,,good for us

Central Florida Bear Complaints Triple in December - WMFE 90.7

Central Florida Bear Complaints Triple in December

January 10th, 2014 | WMFE - Central Florida black bears are not hibernating like they used to, according to new numbers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • The FWC reports more than 500 calls in December from Central Florida residents describing run-ins with bears. That’s triple the usual number for this time of year.

FWC bear biologist Mike Orlando says the December 2nd bear attack of Longwood resident Susan Chalfant influenced the high number of calls, but that's not the whole story.

With the awareness that that bear incident brought to the general public through all sorts of media, we definitely had a spike in calls for the month of December,” says Orlando. “But that doesn’t specifically explain the trend upwards over the past few years.”

Orlando says bears are less inclined to hibernate if there’s food around, and they’re finding plenty to eat in trash cans and dog bowls that people leave outside their homes. 
He recommends keeping those items inside as much as possible.

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