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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, June 15, 2014

Following up on yesterdays Post regarding the increasing likelihood that Pumas out of North Dakota are on the verge or recolonizing Manitoba, the Canadian Province just north of the USA border..........The 2007 photo below was the first conclusive confirmation by MANITOBA CONSERVATION that the big cats were staking out possible mating grounds in the Province..............Since then, at least one confirmation each year(last week another one) has been confirmed by MANITOBA CONSERVATION ...........The river wooded corridors and deer prey exist for a breeding population of Pumas............Female Cats,,,,,,,,,,,,"get your passports stamped" and join some of your wandering fellow male Pumas to once again reclaim historical ground in southern Canada

Cougar plays starring role in Manitoba history books
Big cat caught live in photos
Tue Jan 9 2007
By Martin Zeilig

Submitted Photo
When a farmer near Duck Mountain Provincial Park came upon an elk calf that had just been killed, he suspected a cougar was to blame. At daybreak the next day, he had the proof: photos of the big, elusive cat returning to feed. Wildlife officials say his are the first such photos taken in Manitoba.
PHOTOGRAPHIC history has been made with the first-ever pictures of a wild cougar roaming rural Manitoba.
Retired miner and farmer Guy Dew took the photos last Sept. 16 after encountering the male animal on land adjacent to his Swan Valley farm, which is on the edge of the Duck Mountains, five hours northwest of Winnipeg and about 15 minutes east of the Saskatchewan border.

Bill Watkins, a zoologist with Manitoba Conservation, says Dew's shots are the first showing a live cougar in the province.  "Over the years that I've been with the wildlife branch, a lot of people have submitted photos. But this was the first one that was unequivocally a cougar. There's no doubt whatsoever.  "I feel excited about it," he said, adding that cougars are a protected species under the provincial Wildlife Act.

Dew's adventure began on a drizzly afternoon last Sept. 15 when he came upon a dead elk calf while scouting for a place to hunt elk.
"It was recently dead and still warm. It was apparent to me that the calf had been killed by a cougar because of the puncture marks on its neck and the manner in which it was covered with grass and dirt.

"At that point, I was satisfied that it was a cougar kill," Dew said in an interview.The next morning, he and three friends went out archery hunting. Dew said he made a point of walking to a site about 275 metres from the dead elk calf.

"The light was just coming up and we were lucky enough to see the cougar feeding on the kill. The four of us watched for a few minutes and then retreated without disturbing it. We left him at the kill and then went on with our hunt," he said.

After returning home, Dew and one other hunting buddy went out again early that same evening. This time Dew took along his digital camera.
They walked back to the dead elk calf, but there was no sign of the big cat.
"We stood there looking around for several minutes and suddenly he appeared, walking towards the kill. He began to feed again. "I took several shots with my camera and then made the decision to get closer," Dew said."There were a number of round bales of hay, so I picked out a route from bale to bale to keep hidden, taking pictures all the way. During this time, he fed on the kill and after he finished feeding, he proceeded to cover it over with dirt and debris."

The cougar was unaware of his presence, Dew said.  "I was there about 20 minutes and got as close as 56 yards (51 metres) from him."
Watkins said Dew is the first person since Nov. 1, 2004 to sight a cougar in Manitoba.On that date, a 91-pound female cougar was shot by a landowner on the southern boundary of the Duck Mountain forest reserve.
Just over a month later, a 115-pound male cougar was taken "accidentally by a licensed trapper" south of Riding Mountain National Park, just over 97 kilometres from where the first cougar was killed.

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