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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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Friday, January 3, 2014

Every couple of months I find myself congratulating California for it's scientific minded and "fair chase" approach to managing wildlife.............Whether it be showing America that you do not have to hunt Pumas to minimize conflicts,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,whether it be outlawing the trapping of Bobcats and Coyotes(save specific harm to human welfare)......................and now eliminating the use of hounds when hunting Black Bears, a state that does not get many things right gets an **** for it's co-existance policies!

BLACK BEARS: Number killed by hunters declined in 2013

 a California black bear is seen with a fish caught along Taylor Creek near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 delayed a plan to expand bear hunting in the state. (AP file photo, 2010)

The number of black bears killed by hunters in California has declined since Go. Jerry Brown in 2012 approved a law that bans the use of dogs to track and chase the animals.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that in the  2013 season, hunters killed 1,002 bears, about half the 1,962 taken the year before.
“Doubtless this reduction was due at least in part to the fact that 2013 was the first year that California black bears were not harassed and cornered by packs of hounds, ” said a statement by the Humane Society of the United States, which supported the law.

in 2012, the society and  other animal rights groups had pushed for the change, arguing that the use of dogs was unsporting and cruel.  They said hounds chased exhausted bears up trees, so the hunters could arrive on the scene and  take aim for an easy  kill.
Hunters said using hounds to track bears is a time-honored tradition and that often they would not shoot a bear that had been treed.
In the Inland area, bear hunting is allowed in the San Bernardino National Forest.


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