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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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Thursday, February 13, 2014

With Winter tics and brain worm disease seemingly hammering Moose populations across the lower 48(save Maine and Colorado), British Columbia, Canada Wildlife Officials are about to initiate a 5 year study on their currently estimated +/- 200,000 Moose herd that seems to be on the decline..............Up to this point, previous studies have concluded that instead of the population shrinkage being caused by tics and Deer induced brain disease, the problem stems from loggers clearcutting the dying Pines being decimated by Pine Beetles..............The logging roads make it easier for both humans and Wolves to hunt the Moose...............Interesting that the pine beetle explosion has been largely caused by warming temperatures, the same warming temperatures that have enabled tics to down Moose in other parts of North America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,And the salvage logging has had the same impact on Moose as forest clearing has had in other sectors of our Continent, only in the rest of the Continent, deer take advantage of the "clearing" by migrating into Moose territory, bringing with them the debilitating brain disease that Moose cannot fight off....................Ultimately, human manipulation of the environment throwing "too many curveballs" at our fellow denizens that we share the planet with

More than 200 moose to be radio-collared in major B.C. study

More than 200 moose to be radio-collared in major B.C. study

The pine beetle epidemic may ultimately lie behind dropping moose populations in the Cariboo, a consultant’s report suggests.

Photograph by: Keith Morgan , Vancouver Sun

The B.C. government announced Wednesday it is launching a major five-year study into the decline of moose in the Interior.
The study will involve at least 11 wildlife biologists and one wildlife veterinarian along with the radio-collaring of more than 200 moose to track their movements and investigate the causes of deaths.

The study is in response to a consultant’s report for the province released last August that showed the “most plausible” explanation for a serious decline in moose populations in the Cariboo is the mountain pine beetle epidemic, including the large-scale salvage logging that followed.
Increased logging roads and vast clearcuts made the moose more vulnerable to hunters and to predators such as wolves.

The report by Wildlife Infometrics of Mackenzie noted a lack of information and urged the province to increase monitoring, including the “collection of basic inventory” data and research to improve understanding of moose mortality rates.

The new study, which has a total budget of just over $2 million, will seek to identify the factors behind the declines and what can be done to reverse them.

Five study areas have been identified ranging from near Fort St. James south to the Bonaparte region northwest of Kamloops, with the possible addition of three more as the work progresses. The areas cover a range of landscapes in terms of age of forest, amount of pine-beetle infestation, salvage logging and road building.

The Sun reported in 2012 that surveys by the province over the previous two winters have discovered serious moose declines:

• A 70-per-cent drop since 1997 in the 5,000-square-kilometre Nass Wildlife Area near Terrace.
• A 60-per-cent drop in the Anahim Lake/Dean River area and 17-per-cent decline in the Rose Lake-Miocene area.
• A 50-per-cent drop since 2005 around Prince George.
• A 20-per-cent drop since 2004 in the Bulkley Valley-Lakes District in west-central B.C.
The province in 2011 estimated B.C.’s moose population at 145,000 to 235,000.

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