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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 14, 2014

i believe down to my core what our greatest living Naturalist, E.O. Wilson has to say about "keeping all the cogs and wheels" spinning on this ball of life we call Mother Earth------"We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means"..................“Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species".............. "We study and save it to our great benefit".......... "We ignore and degrade it to our great peril.” —E.O. Wilson ................Therefore, not only should we continue the RED WOLF RESTORATION PROGRAM in North Carolina, it should be expanded up and down the Eastern spine of the Continent linking up the Red Wolves(Eastern Wolves-same species they are is my take based on the research done to date) in Canada's Algonquin Provincial Park with the North Carolina population,,,,,,,,,,,Additioinally, rewilding this species south into Florida and West into Texas and Arkansas( the historical range of the Red/Eastern Wolf)..............Then and only then, dismantle the Red Wolf Restoration project............... At that point if some Red Wolves and Coyotes hybridize, so be it.............Both species would be at the point of being robust populations, with optimum biodiversity reinstated back into our natural world------and then, mother nature can combine or not combine further the "canis soup" of North America as she sees fit!

Wildlife agency extends red wolf comment period


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended by two weeks the comment period on the red wolf recovery program.
The agency is in the midst of a 60-day review of the effort to save wild red wolves in five northeastern North Carolina counties. Both sides of the issue are passionate.
"As a result of the high interest in this work, the email server for this address is struggling to keep up," said Leopoldo Miranda, the agency's assistant regional director for ecological services in Atlanta, in a statement.
Comments can be posted by Sept. 26 They also can be sent by mail by Sept. 26 to Red Wolf Evaluation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia, 30345.



Mark LaRoux said...

I'd be curious to know if anyone has found (through genetic testing) residual red wolf genes in southeastern coyotes that are not expressed in the red wolf population held in North Carolina. That is, have coyotes been found with alleles that are not present in western coyotes nor current red wolf populations nor domesticaed dogs. Just curious.

Rick Meril said... biologists Jon Way in Massachusetts..........He likely can provide also Stan Gehrt in Benson of Trent Rutledge also of mention my name when writing to them and thanks

Anonymous said...

I work at the N. C. Zoo, where we captive breed Red Wolves, and some pups born here have been successfully placed in wild Red Wolf dens to be adopted and raised wild--both a population boost and genetic diversity boost for the 100 to 150 wild Red Wolves on the coast in N. C. We JUST had one of the programs representatives come and give a lecture at our zoo, updating us on how things are going(GREAT program! I hope it continues--there is an effort afoot to end it, alas!)). I actually asked if anyone in her program knew of any "coywolf" genes in N. C.--they HAVE been documented as far south as Virginia so far. She didn't have any current knowledge on that, but there IS going to be an URBAN COYOTE study in Charlotte, N. C. starting up, and no doubt they'll be doing genetic tests. I'll be VERY surprised if various different elements of the "canis soup" don't turn up! I personally saw a local news segment a few years back where someone got film of a wild canid alongside a highway near Raleigh, N. C. To me, it did NOT look like your typical coyote--the muzzle was much heavier(1st thing I noticed), and it looked to me to be at least part Red Wolf(and regularly observing some of this "old bloodline" of "pure" Red Wolves here at the N. C. Zoo, I'm purty familiar with the differences). No doubt lots of crossbreeding has gone on--an effort is made to try and control this(a WASTE, in my opinion! I'd personally take those crossbred pups and disperse them elsewhere, to get AS MUCH of that old Red Wolf genetic influence around as possible!), but no way can they get to 100% of the crosses, who then no doubt disperse widely upon maturity. Same thing happened up in the Smoky Mountain National Park back in the 1990's--though "officially" canceled(due to various problems, INCLUDING Red Wolves crossbreeding regularly with the local populous coyotes!), and "officially" reported to have retrieved all the "pure" Red Wolves, MANY hybrids remained and have continued to influence the coyote population there, as well! So that's at BOTH ENDS of the state of N. C., AND eastern Tennessee, AND these guys can disperse for many miles, so whether officialdom wants to acknowledge it, I personally believe there ARE quite a few wild coy-wolf types out there with some of the old bloodline Red Wolf influence! But remember, that's NOT official(yet...) And I say, power to them! The return of the NEW "Red Wolves"!!!.....L.B.