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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 25, 2014

Red Wolves were once abundant from Texas and Arkansas east to the Atlantic Ocean..................Residents of this state(like in so many others) call the Arkansas Game and Fish folks constantly reporting what they believe to be Red Wolf sightings..................The Canid killed in neighboring Missouri back in November was in fact DNA confirmed to be a Wolf, almost certainly prospecting down from the Great Lake States.......That Wolf likely would be a hybrid Gray and Red(Eastern) Wolf and once again the canid soup story continues to play out from the Mississippi across the whole Eastern section of North America................With Wolves on record colonizing new home turf 500+ miles from their natal birthplace, if we allowed the prospectors to "travel in peace", Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and beyond would be rewilded with a wolf-like animal within 50 years

Are there wolves in Arkansas?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION This canine shot in southeast Missouri in November of 2013 was confirmed as a wolf by Missouri Department of Conservation officials.
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION This canine shot in southeast Missouri in November of 2013 was confirmed as a wolf by Missouri Department of Conservation officials.
Photo by ArkansasOnline
By Randy Moll
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Some of you may remember an editorial I wrote back on Feb. 1, 2012, asking the question: "Are there wolves in Arkansas?" and mentioning a possible sighting. Since that time, I have received numerous responses from readers across the state with accounts of seeing what they believed was a grey wolf.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission told me that what people were seeing is likely wolf-dog and wolf-coyote cross animals, possibly containing some bloodline from the, now extinct in Arkansas, red wolves which once were abundant in the region.
I remember, too, when I was a child, growing up in southeast Missouri, hearing accounts of wolf sightings there but also hearing officials saying there were no wolves in the state.
Perhaps this is why the photo above and article which follows caught my attention. Apparently, there are, at least occasionally, wolves in Missouri, wolves like I saw when I lived in northern Minnesota, even though they were a rare sighting there as well.
If a grey wolf, akin to those up north, can be found in Missouri, why not Arkansas?
As I said back in 2012, we were told there were no cougars in Kansas a number of years ago when I lived there -- well, until enough people saw them and some were killed there. On our last trip back, my daughter showed me a photo of a cougar stalking a deer there.
And, my wife saw one of the big cats during her travels just a week ago here in Arkansas, along U.S. Highway 71, north of Waldron. Don't tell her I believe her. I prefer to give her a bad time about seeing things.
CAPE GIRARDEAU (Mo.) -- DNA testing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that a canine shot in Wayne County, Mo., in late November by a private landowner while hunting is a grey wolf, most similar to grey wolves from the Great Lakes population.
The landowner contacted the Missouri Department of Conservation after he shot the animal and surrendered it to the department so biologists could determine the animal's species. The department transferred the carcass to Fish & Wildlife for testing.
"Because of the great variety in the bodies of dogs, coyotes and wolves, it's important that we get DNA evidence to ensure correct identification of the animal," Jeff Beringer, a Missouri Department of Conservation resource scientist, said. "We have DNA signatures from all captive wolves and wolf-hybrids in the state. We also compare DNA from the animal in question with DNA of wolves around the country to help determine the origin of the animal."
Initial examination of the animal by Beringer determined that it was an 80-pound female canine, approximately two years old. The animal did not have a microchip, tag or tattoo, which would identify it as an escaped captive animal.
Beringer said wolves can appear similar to coyotes, but are significantly larger. Coyotes seldom exceed 30 pounds in Missouri.
There is no known breeding population of wolves in Missouri, Beringer said. Over the past decade, Missouri hunters have occasionally shot wolves that wandered here from other states, mistaking them for coyotes.

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