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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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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Wolf hounding is barbaric, inhumane and archaic and has no place in a civilized society"----- Rachel Tilseth(Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin)

From: Rachel Tilseth ;
Date: August 12, 2014 at 7:34:05 PM PDT
To: "Meril, Rick" ;Rick.Meril
Subject: Full campaign/ban wolf hound hunting Wisconsin

Hi Rick 
 Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin a grassroots organization is in full swing with its campaign to ban wolf hound hunting in Wisconsin. Here is one of the FAQ on Wolf Hound hunting: 

"Hound hunters traditionally train their dogs to focus on specific prey by releasing their dogs to surround, attack and terrorize a prey animal (e.g. a bear cub or fox) for hours on end (up to 16 hours/day) enclosed in a small, open barrel or "roll cage." At this point it remains disturbingly unclear as to how hound hunters will train their dogs to pursue wolves instead of other animals—will it be by capturing wolves and allowing their dogs to attack them in barrels and pens?  How isn't this worse than illegal dog fighting?"(TM)

Rachel hunting/

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