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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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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The inquiring mind of George Wuerthner astutely identifying a flaw in the carnivore management philosophy of the GREATER YELLOWSTONE COALITION, who seem to be yielding a tad to quickly to the whims of the Wyoming, Montana and Idaho Wolf killing paradigm

From: George Wuerthner ;
Date: June 18, 2014, 10:12:44 PM PDT

Subject: What is wrong with GYC?

Dear Caroline

I just read GYC's alert for wolves asking me to support a reduction in wolf trapping and killing just north of Yellowstone. Reduction? What is that about? Why is any trapping or hunting of wolves legitimate? 

 I won't sign the letter because there is absolutely no reason to support any trapping or killing of wolves. 

Why isn't GYC pointing out that killing wolves disrupts their social ecology and create more conflicts.That killing wolves is unethical and "waste" of wildlife and counter to every ethical consideration about wildlife? 

Why isn't GYC pointing out that predators--all predators do not need "management" and alerting GYC membership how lame these state agencies are for allowing any killing of wolves? Why doesn't GYC point out that wolves self regulate themselves. And why aren't I reading editorials in the papers by GYC officials including yourself pointing all this out?

I can assure you that you would be on good biological footing by opposing all trapping and hunting. Why give any legitimately to MDFWP policies when they are so biologically corrupt? 

Geo. Wuerthner 

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