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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 4, 2014

The December 21 edition of THE ECONOMIST magazine had a feature story on HUNTING IN AMERICA,,,,,,,,,,,,,The article evaluates the NORTH AMERICAN MODEL OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION and illustrates why laudable in it's original intent, it is not fulfilling what President Teddy Roosevelt and others in the early 20th century felt was it's blueprint---"frivolous killing cannot be ethical, let alone sporting"........"drawing on biblical codes of morality, they declared that the role of hunting was to feed a young nation and in Roosevelt's phrase--to keep men hardy, so that they can show themselves fit to take part in work or strife for their native land"............."Wild animals are supposed to be killed for food, not mere trophy collection"...................There is a thoughtful 3 page discussion about how market forces have delivered weapons and gadgets that allow anyone to be a hunter and why this faster, easier weaponry weaken Roosevelt's values about what hunting is supposed to really be about................Biologist John Laundre has been writing for us on this very set of topics over the last year and all who have found his insights illuminating will also enjoy reading the full article below

 here to read the entire article entitled

Is it fair chase when we have high tech weapons and every type device to
kill deer and other wildlfe?.....Is it fair chase to be up above the forest floor
in a deerstand shooting at animals who unless they smell you, have no clue
that you are there?..........Is this what the founders of the NORTH AMERICAN
MODEL OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION intended to be our hunting paradigm?

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