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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, July 6, 2014

I came across a new word today that describes perfectly the state of our environment in an age of Global Warming/Rapid Population Growth and Technology Leap-----Noosphere \ NOH-uh-sfeer \ , noun: -- the biosphere including and modified by such human activities as agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, urbanization, and industrialization.........Christopher Solomon's article in the OPINION PAGES of the July 6 NY TIMES entitled THE WILDERNESS ACT IS FACING A MIDLIFE CRISIS postulates the possible need to amend the Wilderness Act to allow man to manage the square miles that by law state that "man himself is just a visitor there"..........Do we plant certain trees and move animal species to where we believe they will best survive within designated Wilderness?????? Do we infuse the gene pool of certain endangered species with others of their species if population extirpation is imminent???????.......Or do we find the will to set aside even larger core open space with interconnected corridors so that animal and plant species have the ability to migrate so as to "weather the impacts" of our severely altered NOOSPHERE?..........I DO NOT THINK "ONE SIZE FITS ALL"...........PERHAPS ALL OF THESE POSSIBLE PARADIGMS ALONG WITH US HUMAN ANIMALS TRYING TO BETTER COEXIST WITH NATURE'S DESIGN IS THE ANSWER---click on link below to read Solomon's full article

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