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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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Saturday, September 27, 2014

With hunters and homeowners noticing what they perceive to be an increase in Bobcat sightings, the Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection is looking to conduct field studies sometime next year to get a more scientific read on the "Bobs"................DEEP’s Wildlife Division currently averages more than 200 bobcat reports per year across the state compared to 65 such calls 20 years ago, 75 calls annually during the 90's and 115 at the turn of the century.............According to Peter Reid, the assistant director at WILDLIFE IN CRISIS in Weston, one likely reason for the apparent population increase is that bobcats have been moving their dens closer to humans to avoid contact with Coyotes, which are known to displace Bobcats to the fringes of Coyote territory....However, if this is occurring, then Connecticut Bobcats are indeed showing themselves to be adaptive as historically they shunned in-close living to humans.................."Close-in" denning in human dominated neighborhoods is very much practiced by foxes, who also are sympatric with Coyotes and who definitely make their optimum living on the perimeters of Coyote territory....................As it relates back to how man and Bobcats have historically co-existed in Connecticut,. it is a fact that they were not protected and were viewed as a threat to agriculture and more desirable game species, such as deer............ In addition, the dramatic deforestation that peaked in the 1800's greatly reduced the habitat available to bobcats................... While Bobcats do not prefer mature forest, they do flourish in areas with thick horizontal and vertical understory vegetation................... In the 1970's, a large increase in the value of bobcat pelts raised concerns that they could be extirpated from the state.......... At that time, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection reclassified the bobcat as a protected furbearer with no hunting or trapping seasons.............Even with this type protection, , housing and commercial development decreased the amount of suitable habitat confining the remnant Bobcat population to the northwestern corner of the state..................If the Bobs are indeed making a comeback, it is good to see that state Environmental Officials are stating that "Bobcats are a part of our ecosystem" and therefore a live and let live management model is what is going to be practiced......... “Our yards are part of their habitat and it’s important for people to understand that they’re here and they’re not dangerous"

Bobcat increase triggers population study

ber 27, 2014 in Latest Local NewsLead News · 0 Comments

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