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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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Friday, May 23, 2014

Ocelot and Jaguar sightings over the past 60 days in the Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona has the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine Project on hold.............In addition, the US Corp of Engineers has rejected the Mine's plan to mitigate impacts on streams and washes

Ocelot sighting 

adds new delay

 to Rosemont Mine

The discovery of a lone male
ocelot roaming around the
 proposed Rosemont Mine
 in the Santa Rita Mountains
 will delay the controversial
The ocelot was captured by
 remote cameras as part 
of a joint survey run by
 University of Arizona
and officials from U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. Just over
 a month ago, the project's remote camera
 also snapped 

The male ocelot was
 photographed on
 April 8 and May 14. 
In a May 16 letter 
to Coronado National
 Forest officials, 
Steve Spangle, an FWS field
supervisor, wrote that the
 ocelot was one of three triggers
 requiring the agency
 to review its own analysis of
 the environmental impact of 
the copper mine. 
The agency is also concerned
 about the potential for damage 
to Cienega Creek and Empire
 Gulch. Decreasing stream flows
 in the waterways could alter
habitat critical to the Huachuca 
water umbel plant, the Gila chub
 and Gila topminnow fish, the
 Southwestern willow flycatcher
bird and the Chiricahua leopard
 frog, he wrote. 
The letter also said that the
 altered stream flows may challenge
 two species that FWS may add
to the list of endangered or  
threatened species: the northern
Mexican garter snake and the Western 
yellow-billed cuckoo. 
As the letter from FWS noted, the
 ocelot is difficult to count because
 it secretive
 nature, however, in the original
 environmental review the service
noted that if 
ocelots were "definitely documented
in the action area in the future, reinitiation 
of consultation would be prudent..." 
The U.S. Forest Service will provide a
response to the new review soon, said an
 agency spokeswoman. 
This is mine's second setback from a
 federal agency in less than a week. 
Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers rejected the mine's plans to
 impacts on streams and washes. 
In a May 13 letter to Rosemont Copper
 CEO Rod Pace, Col. Kimberly Colloton 
wrote that the company's plans to
purchase water rights and other
 mitigation efforts won’t compensate
for “unavoidable adverse impacts"
from the mine. 
The judgement from the engineers
was sent to the Forest Service, which will
 the Army Corps review to make their
 own decision about the proposed mine. 



 cam snaps 

jaguar in 

Santa Ritas

 funded by the Department
 of Homeland Security have
captured new
 images of
 an endangered northern
jaguar moving
Southern Arizona. 
On March 5, a remote camera
photographed a male
 jaguar in the Santa Rita Mountains.
 The image, along
 with dozens more, are hosted on
 the Flickr page for
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
 under "Jaguar/Ocelot

The camera is part of a network of
cameras placed in
 pairs across 120 sites from the
Baboquivari Mountains
 in Southern Arizona and east to the
 Animas Mountains in southwest
 New Mexico. The Santa Ritas include
the area that would be covered by the
proposed Rosemont
The $771,000 study is run by
University of Arizona 
researchers and officials from FWS.
The jaguar, which is listed as an
 endangered species, 
once ranged from California into
Louisiana. However,
 habitat destruction and hunting
 decimated the
Jaguars have been spotted
occasionally in southern 
Arizona in recent years, including
 reports of one in
 the Santa Rita Mountains south
 of Tucson. In 2009, state Game and 
Fish Department employees snared
an aged jaguar, dubbed Macho B, 
which died shortly after in captivity.
The Center for Biological Diversity
 sued Fish and Wildlife three times 
seeking critical habitat protection
 for jaguars. In 2009, a federal judge 
in Arizona rejected the agency’s
arguments against the designation, 
including the fact that few jaguars
were believed to be in the United States.
In March, FWS labeled more than
 764,000 acres in Southeastern Arizona 
and Southwestern New Mexico as
 habitat critical to the survival of the 
endangered animals in the United States. 

A recovery plan for the northern jaguar
 is slated for release in the 
spring and could include efforts to
 increase the number of jaguars in 
northern Mexico as well as the
 United States. 

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