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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, March 24, 2014

Missouri Bobcat populations had plummeted to very low levels in the 1970's..........Several years of no trapping had the Cats on the rebound in the 1980's..............Two years ago in 2012-13, over 5000 Bobcats were trapped by hunters.............It appears that the cat has reached an equilibrium status based on hunting pressure.................There would likely be an even larger population if trapping regulations were lightened

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

6:24 PM, Jan. 8, 2014


The statewide harvest of bobcats during 2012-13 was an all-time record, with 5,059 bobcats harvested. This is an increase of 20.48% from 2011-12, and 30.12% from 2010-11 (Figure 11) and surpasses the previous record set during the 2006-07 season by 606 individuals. Pelt prices during 2012-13 season, the all-time high, averaged $115.50. 

Bobcats have continued to expand across north Missouri and have now established in all suitable habitats. 


Archer Index data suggested an increase in bobcat sightings while sign station data suggest bobcat populations may have dipped some over the last couple years – the overall trend appears to be stable to slightly increasing 

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