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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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Sunday, April 6, 2014

There is no question that it takes some conscientious and time consuming research to accurately gauge a given states Puma population.............Utah, like so many of our western states where the "Ghost Cat" still resides pretty much goes with a blindfold approach that in a phrase can best be described as "Pin the Tail on the Donkey"--- Blindfold yourself and then awkwardly attempt to come up with a number that sounds good................The latest information that we could find coming out of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 2006-07 Mountain Lion Status Report(google it as their link is broken and I could not provide here) explains that the state "believes" that some 3000 Pumas(plus or minus 500) roams the 97,000 square kilometers that biologists t feel are Utah viable habitat(a scant 1 puma for every 3200 sq. km of viable habitat).................The Biologists in this state arbitrarily assigned a Puma density matrix of high, medium and low based on vegetative characteristics, terrain ruggedness and prey density...........Then, using California(only state where Pumas are not hunted) and New Mexico(hunted population) reported Pumas density figures per sq km, postulating their "estimated 3000 "Utah Cats"............They never were out in the field doing "hair rub" population analysis or some other more Utah specific count,,,,,,,,, Rather, the Utah Wildlife folks go on to say that management of Pumas is based around how many Mule Deer and other "big game"(e.g. what hunters want to shoot) exist.............This is the typical state management approach to carnivores that exists in the USA(and Canadian Provinces)..............Never do you read about what is best for the Puma, Wolf, Bear, Coyote, et al..................Never do you read about keeping habitat in prime condition which would cause the states to reverse their priorities and let carnivores numbers exist(unhunted) based on minimizing deer,elk and moose so that our woodlands and prairies would be biodiverse optimum.....................Further, note that in Utah, some 500 Pumas have been killed annually over the the past 10 years(some 17 to 25% of the estimated population-----do we really believe their pop. #???)------- with Mule Deer standing at some 333,000 strong...............At best 3000 Pumas and 333,000 Deer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and no Wolves!!!!.................The high desert and riparian Utah habitat cannot be in good shape!...............Human hunters only kill some 25 to 28,000 Mule deer annually in Utah(a scant 8% of the herd)..................How do Utah biologists look in the mirror each morn and say I am a proud "LEOPOLDIAN" naturalist-----WAKE UP CALL TO ALL READERS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THEY DO NOT SEE A LEOPOLD REFLECTION STARING AT THEM IN THE MIRROR,,,,,,,,,,,THEY SEE DEER TAG $$ AND THAT IS ALL THEY CARE ABOUT---NEEDS TO CHANGE,,,,,,,PRONTO!

Deer population increase likely to yield 
more hunting permits

Deer population increase likely
 to yield more hunting permits
DWR biologists are proposing an extra 200 general-season
 mule-deer permits.
First Published Apr 02 2014 12:21 pm • Updated 5 hours ago
There are more deer in Utah than there have been since 2000 and state
 biologists are
proposing more hunting permits as a result.
Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) officials say surveys after the
 2013 hunts
 a population of 332,900 mule deer. The deer population hasn’t been
this high since
 deer were estimated at the turn of the century.

DWR Big Game Coordinator Justin Shannon said mild winters have helped deer herds in recent years, but better habitat and other efforts like highway fencing, wildlife underpasses and predator control have also played a role in the rebound.
Biologists set a population goal
 of 350,000 in
 the Utah Deer Management
Plan and are now
just 17,000 animals from
achieving the tally.
"We are really excited,"
Shannon said in a news
 release. "But we still have
 work to do to reach
our goal. We’ll keep moving forward."
Another important factor in the population
increase is the success of does raising fawns.
 Fawn-to-doe ratios after the 2012 and 2013 seasons were 65-per
-100 and 62-per-100,
respectively. Fawn survival studies are also showing an increase
 in the number of fawns
 surviving their first year.

The first two years of a study showed just more than 50 percent
of fawns
 survived to become yearlings. The number has grown to almost
 80 percent
the last two years.
More than 25,000 of the 84,600 general season deer hunters
in 2013
 returned home with meat for the freezer. Success hasn’t been
 that high
 since 2007 when 97,000 hunters managed to kill 28,000 bucks.
Biologists will present their suggested permit numbers for the
 2014 big
game hunts at a series of Regional Advisory Council meetings
 being held
 around the state between April 8-16 before the Utah Wildlife
 Board will
review the proposals on May 1 in Salt Lake City.
Among the proposals:
• An increase of 200 on general-season mule-deer permits.
• An increase in antlerless deer permits from 305 to 410.
Antlerless deer
permits are designed to address depredation on private lands.
The only exception is on the Panguitch Lake Unit, where
 biologists are
 recommending 150 antlerless permits to deal with habita
t damage on rangeland.
• No public anterless moose permits, because moose
populations across the
state are either stable or slightly declining.
• Reducing buck pronghorn permits by 67 for a total
of 774 in 2014.
• Increasing bison permits on the Book Cliffs from six
 to 10, but decreasing
 hunting opportunities for bison on the Henry Mountains
 from 98 to 74.
• No change in any bull or spike elk permits.
• A decrease of mountain-goat permits from 162 to 108.

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