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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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Friday, March 14, 2014

56 years of killing as many rattlesnakes as possible is what Sweetwater, Texas residents brags about annually..................So disappointing that we as a member of Earths "society of animals" still walk around with the attitude toward creatures we deem unworthy saying "the only good snake, is a dead one"---------------------'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated" ------Mahatma Gandhi' (1869-1948. Spiritual leader of India) ........................Ghandi-like we most certainly are not!!!!!!




 Last Day 

with Big


The World's Largest Rattlesnake
 Roundup in Sweetwater ended
 their 56th year with big numbers.

Overall, the roundup collected
a total of 3,890 lbs worth of snakes
, according to the Sweetwater
Chamber of Commerce. Sweetwater
 Jaycee member Louis Torres says
 they've collected more than last year.
On Sunday, the longest snake recorded
 was 76 inches, turned in by Kat McIntyre.

The first place for the heaviest was
given to Andy Lee whose snake weighed
up to 681 lbs. The second place sat at 592 lbs.

The roundup has become a huge economic
 boost for the city. Thousands gathered inside the
 Nolan County Coliseum since Friday not only
 from the Big Country, but as far as Japan.

"I think it's awesome to see how many things
you can make out of snakes," Natalia Reynaga
, first-time attendee from California said
. "My husband hates snakes but I forced him to come
so I can see what it's all about."

Reynaga's husband also took part in the
fried rattlesnake-eating contest. Almost a dozen
participants joined the contest to determine
 who can eat the most rattlesnakes in one minute
. At the end, the trophy was awarded to Tonya Osteen.

"I think this is awesome," says Osteen. "I think
 I'll my trophy above my fireplace."

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