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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, July 17, 2014

Idaho is on the board with the first Wolverine Management plan by one of the 50 states..............Of course, Idaho fish and game folks are paranoid that the Feds are about to vote on designating the Wolverine as a TTHREATENED Species which might ultimately lead to designating lands for their protection............Idaho wants to avoid this at all costs and as little to do with the USFW unless it is to take their charity when it comes to having ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS come in to shoot and kill wolves, pumas, coyotes, bears and eagles............Paranoid is a polite description for the Idaho folks who steer the ship on wildlife management there

Idaho adopts wolverine management plan

U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Keith Aubry holds a young female wolverine, the first to be captured in a study of the elusive creatures in the Pacific Northwest. 
 (Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife / The Spokesman-Review)
U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Keith Aubry holds a young female 
wolverine, the first to be captured in a study of the elusive creatures in
 the Pacific Northwest. (Photo courtesy of Washington Department of 
Fish and Wildlife / The Spokesman-Review)

and Game Commission last week unanimously
 approved the nation's first state management
plan for sustaining the largest member of the
weasel family.
The Management Plan for the Conservation
 of Wolverines in Idaho(click on this link
to read the full plan), developed by Idaho
 Department of Fish and Game, will guide
 state efforts to conserve and protect the 
wolverine over the next five years.  Idaho 
is one of four western states where 
live. The others are Montana, Wyoming
 and Washington.
Wolverines, which grow to about 40
 pounds, occupy cold, snowy
 mountainous regions of the U.S.  In
 Idaho, the wolverine is classified as
 a protected nongame animal and
Species of Greatest Conservation
Need based on low densities and
 uncertain numbers.
Wolverines in the lower 48 states
 are currently proposed for listing as
 threatened under the Endangered Species
 Act, in part because of projected loss of
 snow habitat from climate change.  Idaho
 Fish and Game Commissioners approved
the plan as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
officials deliberate a final listing decision
on wolverines, anticipated in early August.
Fish and Game Commissioner Will Naillon
of Challis represents the Salmon Region, a
wolverine stronghold in Idaho. He sees the
 plan benefiting not only wolverines, but a
broad spectrum of constituents.
“The development of this plan for wolverines,
 a protected nongame species, may help to
avert a federal listing and subsequent land
use restrictions. This plan benefits all land
users, including sportsmen and women.”
said Naillon.  

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