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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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Thursday, January 16, 2014

I always frown when I read an Outdoor Report in a newspaper that seeks to hype THE DECLINE OF DEER...............The Minnesota Dept. of Resources 2014 Report on Deer in the state(below) states that since the 1970's, 150,000 to 200,000 deer of the 1,000,000 Whitetail Population is killed by hunters..........Despite some harsh winters as of late, only 15 to 20% of the herd are killed annually, hardly herd threatening...............In combination the Wolf population of the state is down at least 25% from some 3000 wolves to 2200 after last years severe lobo killing season..............Minnesota is more concerned about it's hunters than it is regarding the health of it's land and complete matrix of predator and prey

Hunters across Minnesota saw a decline in deer

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Hunters across Minnesota

 saw a decline in



2 whitetail deer

Official numbers aren't in, but early data and anecdotal reports suggest 

White-tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

White-tailed deer eat many foods,
 such as acorns, corn, soybeans,
 mushrooms, grasses, tree leaves
 buds, twigs and bark, wild grapes,
 apples and assorted shrubs.


Wolves, coyotes, bears, and
 bobcats hunt and eat whitetails.

Habitat and range

White-tailed deer live in prairies,
 forests, swamps, wood lots and
 agricultural fields. They are
common in both suburban and
 rural areas. Sometimes they are
 a traffic hazard. During harsh
winters, deer may also become
a nuisance to farmers by eating
 hay or corn that is stored for livestock.

Population and management

After the young (fawns) are born
each spring, there are between
 900,000 and 1,000,000 deer in
 Minnesota. The hunting season is
 important to keep the deer
population from getting too large.
 Each year, Minnesota hunters harvest
between 150,000 and 200,000 deer.

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