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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 20, 2014

Once again, Coyotes and Black Bears turn out not to be "Deer Dampeners" in Tennessee where the 4th largest deer hunt on record was set with over 168,000 Deer being shot by hunters in 2013, roughly 24 % of the 650-700.000 Whitetails that inhabit the state................As we continue to report on hunter deer kills and the carnivore mix that exist state by state, we continue to reinforce the fact that the ecological health of the forests and fields of our states is being compromised by deer hunts that only take 20-25% of the deer in a given year out of the population, usually keeping deer per square mile at at least 20 per square mile, a far too dense population to allow for biological diversity to flourish.........

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OUTDOORS: Tennessee 

deer hunters finish 

with good harvest

Jan. 18, 2014   |  

The statewide deer season
ended two weeks ago,
 and young hunters finished
the 2013-14 deer season
with a youth hunt last
weekend. At times, late in
 season, it appeared that
deer hunters would have
 one of the worst seasons
in the past 10 years, but
they rallied during the closing
 weeks and finished
 with the fourth-best season
on record with a harvest
 of more than 168,000 deer.
Harvest data provided by the
Tennessee Wildlife
 Resources Agency yesterday
indicates that
168,067 deer had been
checked in during the
2013-14 deer season, but
the final total may be
slightly higher as late deer
 tags are recorded.
The statewide harvest
 includes 79,368 antlered
bucks, 8,541 button bucks,
 6,400 antlerless bucks,
 and 73,758 does.
Tennessee’s harvest
 record was set in 2006
when 182,782 deer were
 checked in, followed
 by 179,542 in 2004 and
176,956 in 2012

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