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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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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A bit of positive news as the Illinois Senate voted unanimously to put Wolves, Pumas and Black Bears on the state's PROTECTED LIST..............On to the House of Reps for their vote...................

Illinois Senate OKs proposal adding black bears, grey wolves, mountain lions to protected list - Daily Journal

Illinois Senate OKs proposal adding black bears, grey wolves, mountain lions to protected list

 State lawmakers 
have approved a proposal that would add
 three animals to the list of protected
 species in Illinois. The Senate on Monday
 passed a measure to include black bears, 
gray wolves and mountain lions on a 47-0 vote.

State Sen. Linda Holmes is sponsoring 
the legislation. The Democrat from Aurora 
says it would protect these species and the
 farmers who could be affected as these 
animals return to their natural habitat in Illinois.

The bill warns that the animals could be 
killed if they threatened a landowners' 
property or livestock.

Researchers at Southern Illinois University
 say about seven gray wolves, four mountain
 lions and two black bears have been spotted
 in the state since 2000.

The measure moves to the House for 
further consideration.

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