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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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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Politics surrounding Wolf Management could be turned into a daytime soap opera................First the Feds control everywhere in America,,,,,,,,,,,Then delisting occurs in parts of the Northern Rockies,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Then there is all types of back and forth as Listed or delisted with delisting up until now the Northern Rocky paradigm(except in the Northwest where some counties are delisted, some are not)...............Then voters in Michigan stop the 2014 hunt until a vote is taken to determine future killing plan(or not hopefully),,,,,,,,,,,And over the last month, the Red Wolf Recovery Program in North Carolina is being re-evaluated and could be dismantled..............And today, Wyoming is stripped of its management of Wolves until they at least provide a Montana/Idaho killing paradigm that allows 15 breeding pairs and 150 animals alive annually.............Note that this capricious "15 pairs/150 wolf paradigm does not have "anchor" as a scientific long term persistent recovery number,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Instead, this is what the Feds thought they could get accomplished when Wolves were first being rewilded to the Greater Yellowstone and Idaho region back in the mid 1990's...............A lousy compromise forged with ranching and hunting interests, with the Wolves "not given a vote" in this determination.....................So now we will see how long it will take for Wyoming to agree to the 15 breeding pair/150 wolf number,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,All this going on while the USFW folks are considering stripping all wolves across the USA of Protection,,,,,,,,,,,,,even though there is viable Wolf habitat across New England, the Appalachian spine and the south which is yet to be repopulated with Wolves(whether they be Gray/Red/Mexican)..........................Whether it be Wolf restoration or international geopolitics,climate change mitigation, job creation, education excellence, health care, immigration et al.................We seem so out of control and unable to forge timely and appropriate rules and actions that reflect our standing as the Leader of the World...................LETS GO USA,,,,, WE ROOT FOR YOU TO ONCE AGAIN BE THE DECISIVE QUARTERBACK AND FRANCHISE # 4 HITTER IN THE LINEUP, reaching informed, educated and "feel right" decisions that the rest of the world will embrace to optimize life here on Planet Earth

Court reinstates endangered status for Wyoming wolves

Although wolf hunting is legal in Wyoming, these hunters go further to make a statement about their attitude toward wolves and their impact on big-game populations in October 2013. (Wind River Outdoor World)
Although wolf hunting is legal in Wyoming, these hunters go further to
 make a statement about their attitude toward wolves and their impact
 on big-game populations in October 2013. (Wind River Outdoor World)

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Federal protections for
 gray wolves in Wyoming were reinstated today after a judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
 2012 statewide Endangered Species Act delisting of
the species, according to Earthjustice.
The ruling from the U.S. District Court halts the
management of wolves by Wyoming, a state with
a history of anti-wolf policies.

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