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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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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cameras set at regular intervals in the Nogal Nature and Community Reserve, a biodiversity conservation partnership in Nogal, in Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, located in theMesoamerican Biological Corridor. The cameras capture pictures of animals every 300 meters as they cross through the biological corridor and utilizing the new reforestation areas. Cameras are placed on a small post near a half plastic bottle filled with scented fabric shreds. The scent used on the threads is an effective, non-invasive way to attract animals, especially felines, as determined by other scientific studies of animals.
The reserve is particularly interested in following the activities of the spotted jungle cat, the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), to determine its movement between the forested areas. The spots of ocelots are unique to each individual, which allows for individual identification to verify if the same cat is seen in different areas of the corridor.(Coyote and Ocelot pictured below)

Chiquita ocelot

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