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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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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We have reported previously that some Lawmakers in Illinois would like to write PROTECTIONS into state game laws that would protect Pumas, Wolves and black bears should they one day rewild the state........Of course the knee-jerk response from the Illinois Farm Bureau is to allow landowners to kill any of these carnivores if they perceive them to be a threat,,,,,,,,,,,,,,even if they have not acted threateningly in any way..........There are days, when weary from the days toil, that these type human responses make you want to throw up your hands and say---- "Are we as a species so fearful, so stupid and so ignorant, that we block out all science and learned information when it comes to co-exisitng with natures design"?????? You hear all these so-called religious people outraged at the NOAH movie being released this weekend because they feel Noah is depicted as flawed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but they completely ignore the fact that so-called flawed Noah welcomed all the carnivores onto his Ark................We as a community should be as good a steward as Noah was

Will Cougars, Black Bears And Gray Wolves Be Protected In Illinois?

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:19 pm
Credit Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Nov. 21 photo of male mountain lion, euthanized by IDNR
The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources wants to add black bears, gray wolves and cougars to the state's list of protected species. But there is disagreement on how much protection should be given when there is a safety concern.
On November 20, 2013, a family near Morrison, Ill. asked state conservation police officers to kill a cougar found hiding under a building on their land.
In response, Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) sponsored legislation designed to protect predators native to North America.  Holmes said she heard an outcry from animal lovers in her area who embrace the rarity of a roaming big cat:
"For many years we didn't have them here in Illinois," Holmes said. "Now we're starting to find that some populations of these animals are coming into Illinois, and they are just being shot, without any recourse whatsoever."
Even if legislation succeeds in getting three more species of North American predators listed as "protected", they could still be legally killed in the future.
The Illinois Farm Bureau, defending landowners and their livestock, has successfully lobbied for two major changes: 
a) It shall not be illegal for an owner or tenant of land, or their agent, to immediately take on his or her property a Gray Wolf, Canis lupus; Amercian black bear, Ursus americanus;  or Cougar, Puma concolor if, at any time, the Gray wolf, American black bear, or cougar is stalking, causing a threat, or is expected to reasonably cause an imminent threat of physical harm or death to a human, livestock, domestic animals or structures on the owner’s or tenant’s land.
b) The Department shall establish, through administrative rule, the circumstances in which a Gray Wolf, American black bear, or cougar that is causing a threat to an owner or tenant of land or his property, that is not an immediate threat as included in subsection a) above, may be declared a nuisance and may grant a nuisance permit to the owner or tenant of land, or their designated agent, for the taking of such animal.
In other words, the proposed legislation now states that if one of these predators is "stalking" or "expected to reasonably cause an imminent threat" while on private land, owners are justified in pulling the trigger. If they aren't up to the task, they may ask the state kill a "nuisance" animal for them.

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