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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, May 3, 2014

Biologist Cristina Eisenberg's new book, THE CARNIVORE WAY is now being shipped via Amazon and is available for purchase.............Allison Adelle Hedgecoke, author of BLOOD RUN AND STREAMING reports on Cristina's new book this way--"Eisenberg investigates the extensive cascading biological medice wheel we know as the natural world, continuing to prove carnivore co-existence is fundamental to our own survival"-------------The attached article dovetails so well with Cristina's analysis(click on the link below) taliking about the fact that In the Middle Ages, fleas carried by rats were responsible for spreading the Black Plague................... Today in East Africa, they remain important vectors of plague and many other diseases, including Bartonellosis, a potentially dangerous human pathogen............ The researchers concluded that the spike in disease risk results from explosions in the number of rodents that benefit from the removal of the larger animals(carnivores)......................First Leopold "law" is to keep all the cogs and wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coyotes are a mesopredator critical to keeping rodent population in check

Book Description

May 1, 2014 1597269824 978-1597269827
What would it be like to live in a world with no predators roaming our landscapes? Would their elimination, which humans have sought with ever greater urgency in recent times, bring about a pastoral, peaceful human civilization? Or in fact is their existence critical to our own, and do we need to be doing more to assure their health and the health of the landscapes they need to thrive?
In The Carnivore Way, Cristina Eisenberg argues compellingly for the necessity of top predators in large, undisturbed landscapes, and how a continental-long corridor—a “carnivore way”—provides the room they need to roam and connected landscapes that allow them to disperse. Eisenberg follows the footsteps of six large carnivores—wolves, grizzly bears, lynx, jaguars, wolverines, and cougars—on a 7,500-mile wildlife corridor from Alaska to Mexico along the Rocky Mountains. Backed by robust science, she shows how their well-being is a critical factor in sustaining healthy landscapes and how it is possible for humans and large carnivores to coexist peacefully and even to thrive.
University students in natural resource science programs, resource managers, conservation organizations, and anyone curious about carnivore ecology and management in a changing world will find a thoughtful guide to large carnivore conservation that dispels long-held myths about their ecology and contributions to healthy, resilient landscapes.
Cristina Eisenberg-author of THE CARNIVORE WAY

1 comment:

david annderson said...

Thanks for fighting the good fight! These animals are precious and important!