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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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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Buckeye state of Ohio is staging a wildlife comeback with Coyotes, Black Bears and Bobcats increasingly calling the state home.............Since 1970, 86 of Ohio's 88 counties have had verified Bobcat sightings with 2013 marking 4 consecutive years of 200 of the cats being seen................Ohio, once known as the "old Northwest during the French and Indian War(1756-63) and at that time a cornucopia of Wolves, Pumas, Black Bears, fishers, Martens and perhaps even some Wolverines is now once again proving that if we provide habitat, and have some nearby source populations,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, the expression "build it and they will come" becomes reality

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:35 AM

ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists verified 200 bobcat
 sightings in Ohio in 2013. This is the fourth consecutive
 year more than 100 verified sightings were recognized 
in Ohio, and the first time sightings increased to 200.

• Of the 200 verified sightings, 113 were recognized
 from photographs or videos. Additional sightings 
were verified through road kills, incidentally trapped 
animals (then released) and sightings by qualified

• Noble County continues to have the most verified
 sightings, with 32. An additional 106 sightings were
 confirmed in the counties immediately surrounding 
Noble (Guernsey, Belmont, Monroe, Washington, 
Morgan, and Muskingum).

• Bobcats were confirmed in 36 counties during 
2013, and have been verified in 49 counties since 

• The division collected an additional 226 unverified 
bobcat sightings in 2013. Most unverified sightings 
were reported through species observation cards. 
Unverified sightings have occurred in 86 of Ohio’s 
88 counties since 1970.

• Bobcats once roamed across Ohio, but they were
 extirpated around 1850 as more people settled within 
the state. A handful of unverified bobcat sightings in
 the 1960s announced the return of the species.

• The bobcat was recently removed from the Ohio 
Endangered and Threatened Species List, but it 
remains protected in the state.

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