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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

As we have reported previously, Ohio has seen a renaissance in it's Bobcat population over the past 10 year............Starting in the southeastern part of the state, the "Bobs" have gradually spread through mid Ohio and have even been spotted in the vicinity of Cleveland and Dayton.....Some 150+ Bobcats now are believed to roam Ohio...........The Dept. of Ntl Resources will consider removing Bobcats from the state Endangered list come this March and have assurred that such a move would not create a hunting season, allowing the Bobcats to recover further..........

Bobcats may no longer be 'threatened' in Ohio

Bobcats may no longer be 'threatened' in Ohio


Bobcat photo
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An Ohio bobcat, the lynx rufus.
By Breaking News StaffCOLUMBUS — 
Bobcats are making a comeback in Ohio and biologists have proposed to remove the animals from the state's Threatened Species List.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is expected to review the proposal submitted by Ohio Department of Natural Resources and release its decision in March, according to a release from ODNR.
Bobcats have been reported in 31 counties, including Butler County, according to the most recent data available.
Verified sightings topped out at 169 in 2012, up from 136 and 106 the two previous years, and state wildlife officials moved the indigenous cat from the "endangered" list to the "threatened" category.
Species are considered threatened if they are exposed to risks of reduced population, but are not in immediate danger.
The next lower category is "species of concern," which Ohio has 104 species listed.
Bobcats were one of 71 species on the state's original endangered list in 1974. The list now contains 120 species, in addition to 54 threatened species.
Regardless, bobcats will still be protected and hunting or trapping the animals will not be allowed.
--Contributing Writer Mickey Shuey is a senior at the University of Dayton

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