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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

Missouri has a slowly recovering Bobcat population found mainly in the Ozark and mississippi regions of the state---Estimates of 1 Bobcat per 6 square miles in the Ozarks----video for you to watch a Missouri Bobcat in woodlands is below

Missouri Bobcat

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Jan. 8, 2014   |  

Species status: In 1977,
the Missouri
 Department of Conservation
hunting and trapping of bobcats
 of heavy harvest of the species.
 In 1980,
 bobcats were once again
 included in the
state’s trapping
 season and have
 been since.

Discovered: The
 first scientific description
 of the bobcat was written
 by German naturalist
 Johann Christian
Daniel Schreber in 1777.
Family matters: The
 bobcat belongs to the
 mammal family Felidae,
 which includes all wild and
 domestic cats.
Length: Up to 50 inches
Diet: Studies have shown
 that rabbits are
one of the main food items
 for bobcats (67
 percent of their diet). Small
mammals, birds
and reptiles make up most
 of the remainder.
Weight: Up to 50 pounds
Life span: In captivity,
 bobcats have been
 known to live up to 25
years. However, in
 the wild, about half of that
age is probably
 a more accurate life span.
Life cycle: Bobcat kittens
 are born from
 May to mid-June. At birth,
 they have
spotted fur and sharp claws.
Their eyes
 open at 9 to 11 days.

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