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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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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thumbs up to the National Park Service in Los Angeles for seeking to heal the Puma that has taken up residence in the Country's largest downtown Urban Park, Griffith Park.............The lone male Puma who wandered out of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains and somehow crossed the busiest highways in America to make his home in the Park had ingested rodenticide as it recently wandered surrounding suburban neighborhoods searching for a mate..................After Vets treated the Puma, Park Officials placed the "Cat" back into the Park and we are hoping that he heals and continues to add to LOS ANGELES WILD

Famous Los Angeles Mountain Lion Exposed to Poison

A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said.
Scientists noticed the big cat known as P-22 was sickly when they recaptured it last month to replace batteries in its GPS tracking collar, National Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall said Thursday.
The 4-year-old cougar probably ate animals exposed to poison from residential rodent traps, she said.

"When people put these bait traps outside their homes or businesses, they may not realize that the poison works its way up the food chain, becoming more lethal as the dose accumulates in larger animals," said Dr. Seth Riley, an urban wildlife expert at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Tests revealed the animal had been exposed to anti-coagulant rodenticide, commonly known as rat poison, and was suffering from mange, a parasitic disease of the hair and skin.
P-22 was treated and returned to the 4,300-acre Griffith Park, where it continues to successfully hunt its natural prey of mule deer. Biologists said it's unclear whether the cat will fully recover.
There's no indication the poisoned cat is a threat to residents, Kuykendall said.
P-22's image famously appeared in the December 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine, with the Hollywood sign as a backdrop.

The National Park Service has been studying mountains lions in and around the Santa Monica Mountains since 2002 to determine how they survive in an increasingly fragmented and urbanized environment.
The connection between exposure to anti-coagulant rodenticide and mange is still not fully understood, researchers said. Mange in wild cats is rare and only two other mountain lions in the 12-year National Park Service study have developed mange — with both ultimately dying of rodenticide poisoning.

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