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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, September 28, 2014

Frequent contributors to this blog and good friends Christopher Spatz and John Laundre have devised a way to overcome the hunter bias that has thwarted scientific focused wildlife management by state wildlife agencies, and has instead caused these Agencies to implement a "wildlife farm husbandry" paradigm that bloats the land with hoofed browsers like deer and limits the number of critical ecosystem trophic carnivores like Wolves and Pumas..................Currently, Hunter and fishermen license tag fees along with Federal fees(Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson) fuel the state wildlife Agency coffers.................................In a 2009 High Country News editorial entitled Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, outdoor journalist Hal Herring sums up the sniveling complaints by conservationists to this paradigm---- “Meanwhile, year after year, anti-hunting and allegedly pro-wildlife groups bemoan hunters’ influence over wildlife management, and celebrate the decline in hunter numbers".................. "Yet they offer no methods to replace the lost wildlife and habitat revenues that result from those declines"..........Chris and John agree it is time to stop complaining and instead time to put forth a constructive alternative source of wildlife funding that would counterbalance the influence of hunters regarding the wildlife matrix on the land-----They state:"Let's start scaring the capri off outdoor recreation industry executives making billions from wildlife watchers while complaining about wildlife management but refusing to fund wildlife"............ "If the producers and sellers won't support a wildlife excise tax, it's high time that outdoor gear consumers demand that a piece of our gear-purchase taxes get reinvested in our wildlife"................And finally, the Big ten conservation non-profits(so-called Gang of Green) like THE NATURE CONSERVANCY/SIERRA CLUB/WILDERNESS SOCIETY,, ET AL also need to step up and focus on creating a federal non-game funding answer to the current hunter focused system................Chris and John are full disclosure and reveal the truth of the current wildlife funding dilemma in saying that "Predator and wildlife advocates have no one to blame but ourselves"



Wildlife Recreation 

   A Novel Formula for

 Dedicated Wildlife Funding

Christopher Spatz and John Laundre'

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