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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 29, 2014

The State of Maine has wanted to drastically reduce it's Eastern Coyote population over the past 6 years as the states deer herd contracted due to severe winters............This is always the knee-jerk reaction of State Game Commissions who are pressured by the hunters who pay their salaries through deer license sales...............KIll, Kill, Kill the carnivores because the deer are not readily available like "twizzlers" at the corner candy store...............Lo and behold, the doomsday predictions of deer "going, going gone" have not come true, even with another hard 2013-14 winter just coming to a close.....18,000-36.000 deer have been shot by hunters over the past 15 years with 22,000 taken down in 2012-13............With an estimated herd of 150-200,000 deer, the Maine Game Commission is only letting 11-15% of the herd be killed by hunters,,,,,,,,,,,Even if Coyotes and Bears killed the same number as human hunters, the herd would only lose 22-30% of it's total numbers, hardly debilitating for a hoofed browser like white tail deer..............Maine Deer biologist Kyle Ravana gleefully saids this about deer numbers------“Our harvest has been increasing since the hard winters of 2008 and 2009".......... "For all intents and purposes, I think our population is back to what it was before those winters"..............“There are going to be some hard times, but the deer have the ability to get through those hard times pointing out that the state’s deer have evolved to be able to survive here"...................... “Through proper management, good, sound management, we can help them get through those tough times.”.


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