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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 27, 2014

While we are all fighting to keep as much of the interior Rain Forest of South America intact and functioning fully, Brazil's once extensive tropical Atlantic Forest has been chopped to hell and is in danger of having it's Jaguar population blink out.............What once harbored over 3000 Jaguars 15 years ago now has a remnant population of 250....................The Atlantic Forest was once 1.2million square km. of unbroken forest,,,,,,,,,,now down to a measly 29,000 sq. km.........................Agriculture and cattle grazing gone wild is the culprit for this "land rape" despite this region having been declared a UN World Heritage Site back in 1999.................Do we have the will to stop the carnage or will Economic Growth snuff out the iconic Jag?

Brazil scientists warn on dwindling jaguar population
The jaguar could soon become extinct in Brazil's tropical Atlantic forest, threatening the shrinking primitive forest itself, Brazilian scientists warned Monday.

Brazil scientists warn on dwindling jaguar population

Jan 27, 2014 - 3 hours ago in World
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The jaguar could soon become extinct in Brazil's tropical Atlantic forest, threatening the shrinking primitive forest itself, Brazilian scientists warned Monday.

A study by the Brazilian conservation authority Cenap indicated the adult jaguar population in the region may have fallen to just 250, "an 80 percent slide over the past 15 years."

And just a fifth of the remaining jaguars are of reproductive age, the study asserted.
The 'Mata Atlantica' or Atlantic forest ecosystem, home to unique species and comprising a variety of tropical forest habitats, has itself lost more than 90 percent of its original volume over the centuries. It once made up more than 1.2 million square kilometers (463,300 square miles) -- roughly 25 percent of the Amazon region and around 15 percent of Brazilian territory.

But deforestation, ranching and increased urbanization have seen that shrink to just 28,600 square kilometers, according to the SOS Mata Atlantica Foundation.

The habitat loss puts pressure on the jaguars both in terms of seeking food sources and from hunting. Agricultural workers will, for example, not hesitate to kill a jaguar if it has eaten a cow, biologist Pedro Galetti told Folha.

Yet with the jaguar at the top of the region's food chain, its slumping numbers pose a clear threat to forest biodiversity, warned Cenap head Ronaldo Morato. Morato told the Folha de Sao Paulo daily the jaguar's disappearance would cause major environmental imbalance and "the prompt demise of the Atlantic forest."

Cenap will next week embark upon new research to monitor the remaining jaguars using satellite imaging to track their movements. Given widespread alarm at the decline of the forest, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization conferred world heritage status on the region in 1999.

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