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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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Monday, May 5, 2014

Trent University, The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Utah State University biologists John Benson, Brent Patterson and Peter Mahoney have penned a very informative peer reviewed article entitled A PROTECTED AREA INFLUENCES GENOTYPE-SPECIFIC SURVIVAL AND THE STRUCTURE OF A CANIS HYBRID ZONE that focuses on the success and failure that the Eastern Wolf of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada is having inside the Park boundaries(success) and outside the Park boundaries(failure)...............The bottom line is that as the historical dominant canid inside the Park over the past 100 years+, that despite Gray Wolves and Eastern Coyotes both abutting Park boundaries as well as periodically inhabiting the Park, the Eastern Wolves based on historical abundance, enough of their own kind to mate with and territorial dominance reproduce successfully(.85 annual survival) and are the dominant canid there...................However, once outside the Park and the immediate no hunting buffer zone, the Eastern Wolves mortality is at least 50% annually due to hunters and trappers, naivety of where to create home territories and ability to cross roads successfully............A lack of available Eastern Wolves in this "hostile zone" increases hybridization probability with Eastern Coyotes....................Bottom line is that large core reserves like Algonquin Park are critical to Eastern Wolf survival........However, Eastern Wolf population expansion can only occur if extended protected corridors to other large protected core reserves in northern Canada and the Northeastern USA are created



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