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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, June 2, 2014

George Wuerthner always tells it straight and punches through the B.S. and propaganda on all things wild and free...............In today's WILDLIFE NEWS column, George reveals that the so called "pro-wolf" Montana Conservation Stamp is actually "two-faced" in it's intent---------Outwardly a seeming way to create more habitat and help wolves prosper, George sees Montana Dept of Parks and Wildlife having no use for carnivores in their landscape and only interested in what Ranchers want "running around"on public lands(cattle and sheep)------"We don’t need more management of wolves and other predators"............. "What we need is to leave them alone"............... "There" is simply no reason to “manage” predators".............. "The science is clear on this—they have many ecological benefits to ecosystems"....................... "The idea that we should manage predators is a throwback to the early days of wildlife management—it’s time for MDFWP and other wildlife agencies to enter the 21st Century and start treating predators as a valued member of the ecological community instead of a “problem” that needs to be solved—usually by killing them"--George Wuerthner.

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