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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, August 3, 2014

We have reported previously on the successfull comeback of Black Bears in North Carolina and the fact that they are now found across this state..............The fact that the Wildlife Commission there is allowing baiting "because the "population is so large" is troublesome..............One thing to hunt a scientifically determined number of bears---a whole other can of worms when you allow "peanut gallery" shooting via bait lures to be employed...............So not right this is and far outside the North American Wildlife paradigm of "fair chase"

Black bears make a comeback in eastern NC

Posted: Aug 03, 2014 9:11 AM PDTUpdated: Aug 03, 2014 9:13 AM PDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Black bears are making a comeback in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission said there were only about 2,000 black bears in eastern North Carolina in 1980. That number has increased to over 10,000 bears today.

Wildlife officials told The Daily Reflector of Greenville ( ) that they are considering changes to bear hunting laws because the population is getting so large. One change for this year is hunters will be allowed to use bait during the November and December seasons.
Other changes being considered are increasing the limit of one bear a hunter can kill each season.

The bears also are found more places. Outside of the mountains 30 years ago, they were confined to the far eastern North Carolina. Now they have spread west to near Interstate 95.
Information from: The Daily Reflector,

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