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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, March 1, 2014

The Politics of rewilding can drive an mpatient man to drink............When you read about the manipulations and permutations going on in both the Mexican And Red Wolf rewilding programs(Arizona/New Mexico-Mexican and Barrier Islands North Carolina-Red), you would think that we are reading about LIFE DISCOVERED ON MARS "oh my god, is it true" hystrionics, proclamations and declarations coming from both the Pro and Anti Wolf Camps...............Well, at the end of the day, I am still glad that thee two EFFORTS are underway, despite the "two steps back, one step forward" progress being made on each front...............Gene Infusion taking place for the Mexican Wolves to bolster their reproductive resilency through the release of two captive bred females into the wild populaition,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Fighting tooth ana nail in North Carolina to stop night shooting of Coyotes which is resulting in increase number of Wolves "a

Female wolves will boost gene pool

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Female wolves will boost gene pool

Two wolves in, one out.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will introduce two endangered Mexican wolves into the wild and remove another, the agency said.
An interagency field team took two male wolves from the wild in January and paired them with two females in captivity. When the couples are released in Arizona, the females will be considered “new” to the wild population – and important contributors to a gene pool that has been taxed by inbreeding, according to the agency.

Mexican Wolf in Arizona

“The pairing of genetically valuable females with males with wild experience accomplishes two goals, adding genetically valuable genes into the population and replacing wolves that were taken illegally,” Benjamin Tuggle, Fish and Wildlife Southwest Regional Director, said in a statement.
The two “new” wolves will replace two of the four wolves that were illegally killed last year.
The agency has been managing the reintroduction of the species to national forests in New Mexico and Arizona. A 2013 census showed a minimum of 83 wolves in the wild, up from 75 wolves in 2012. It was the fourth consecutive year of population growth.
“This population needs a big infusion of new genes from the captive population,” said Michael Robinson, a wolf advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity. “Two additional wolves are a very important first step but aren’t nearly enough to combat the ongoing inbreeding.”

Red Wolf in North Carolina Barrier Islands

In a Feb. 12 memorandum, the Fish and Wildlife Southwest office said it plans to capture an uncollared wolf in the Gila National Forest in response to a series of cattle depradations. The memorandum attributed the deaths of four cows in a recent 10-day period to an uncollared wolf in the Fox Mountain pack’s territory.
Clashes with ranchers occasionally lead to the removal of wolves. The federal agency pulled four wolves from the wild last year.

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