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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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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The southern Missouri Ozarks and southern Wisconsin are slowly sending forth "pioneer" male black bears into Illinois................Extirpated from Illinois by 1870, a prospecting bruin is wandering in the Rockford area of the state as I type this POST................The Illinois legislature is on the verge of giving endangered species protection to the bears as well as wolves and pumas................All of these animals have popped up in the state over the past several years................The Land of Lincoln "waving the freedom flag" ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Will residents of the state learn to coexist should one or more breeding populations take hold over the next 50 years?.

More Bears Migrating to Missouri, Illinois

Bob Hamilton
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They come up from Arkansas where that state is re-introducing them.
 It’s not unusual to see black bears in the Ozarks south of St. Louis.
When new bears are born, their search for their own territory can take them across the state line into Missouri.
But, could the Arkansas bears have found a way to get across the Mississippi River?
Now, they’re turning up in Illinois.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home near Rockford Saturday morning where a resident spotted a bear eating berries in his yard. TheBeloit Daily News reports the resident apparently frightened the bear and it ran into a nearby woods.
The Rockford Register Star reports a phone alert about the bear was issued for area residents. A male black bear can weigh up to 350 pounds.
Early Sunday morning, Roscoe, Illinois police spotted a bear, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said they’ve had sightings in Freeport and Stockton in recent days.
The University of Illinois Extension Service says black bears were once widely hunted in Illinois but the last one was shot and killed in 1870.
Now, it seems, they’re back, possibly crossing from Missouri into southern Illinois and certainly crossing into northern Illinois from Wisconsin

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