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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, September 3, 2014

Biologists Richard Thiel and Adrian Wydeven of Wisconsin wrote a 2011 peer reviewed assessment of the potential for wolf restoration in the eastern usa(New England and NY State)..............Sourcing all available studies on Eastern Wolf(Canis lycaon) rewilding published since the late 1990's and early 2000's , the consensus suggests that based on prey availability, road and human population density, Maine could support close to 1200 Wolves with New Hampshire and Vermont providing homes to anywhere from 50 to 168 Wolves each,,,,,,,,,,,,,Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island likely not able to harbor a reproducing population and NY State(Adirondacks and perhaps Catskills) able to create a permanent home for somewhere between 330 and 460 lobos..................It's all about political will, and creating the land corridors between sizeable protected zones(e.g. Algonquin to Adirondacks and Maine Woods down through New Hampshire connected to Vermont and Adirondacks...........Would there be Eastern Coyote/Eastern Wolf hybridization?................As demonstrated in Algonquin Provincial Park in Eastern Canada, a sizeable enough Eastern Wolf population appears to be able to not be overrun by Coyotes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,And should there be that hybridization, then the ever larger hybrids would also be able to fulfill "wolf ecological functions of keeping Deer in some type equiblibrium................Your thoughts on this topic?

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Eastern Wolf in Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada

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