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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 3, 2014

In the most recent WILDLIFE SOCIETY FIELD NOTES, there is an article about how over the past several years, Idaho biologists seek out Gray Wolf pups to place radio collars on so as to monitor the health of the statewide Wolf population..................They acknowledge that last years collaring of 15 pups resulted in only 5 of them surviving one year.................33% recruitment and 67% mortality with 7 of the 10 deceased pups being either killed or trapped by human hunters(3 died of natural causes).............According to sustained yield theory, a prominent scientific approach for managing wild animals, a species should be managed at no less than half of its habitat’s total carrying capacity to ensure long-term stability. Above that level, a population can naturally rebound from environmental variations and harvest seasons...........Below that level, population sink and extirpation potential increases dramatically................Various other Wolf population studies have shown that up to 40% of wolf numbers can be killed without reducing a population, but such high mortality requires high productivity by wolves and an abundance of prey..................If the 15 wolf pup collaring paradigm of last season resulted in 67% first year mortality with us humans accounting for 47% of those killed, can Idaho Officials really look into the tv cameras with a straight face and claim that their management policy is sustainable???????????????????

click on link to read full article--THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY FIELD NOTES-PUP PATROL

Idaho Wolf killing

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