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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 9, 2014

If we give them half a chance, Wolves would continue to spread out and ultimately occupy the entire Rocky Mountain Spine.........Will Americans ever evolve to the point where instead of celebrating Wolves, Bears and Pumas as Mascots or as the stars of Disney movies, we instead celebrate their contribution to what they represented to us upon coming to these shores,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THE WILD, THE FREE, THE ABILITY TO CARVE A LIVING WITHOUT THE SHACKLES IMPOSED ON US BY HISTORICAL LINEAGE

Wolf from Idaho-Canada pack

 apparently roams through Utah

Wildlife » Two years after the last reported encounters, there have been multiple sightings.
First Published 3 hours ago • Updated 36 minutes ago
State biologist Brian Maxfield offered his best wolf impersonation a half dozen times into the dark without any response.
It was approaching midnight when he took a deep breathe and howled for all he was worth.

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This time, there was an answer.
"I wasn’t expecting anything, but there is no doubting a wolf howl once you have heard one," said Maxfield, a wildlife conservation biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "It is a little unnerving to be by yourself at 11,000 feet and hear something howling back.
"When your hair is standing up on the back of your neck, you know it is a wolf and not a coyote."
A collared, 4-year-old male apparently howled back Aug. 28 while Maxfield was investigating sightings of a gray wolf on the south slope of the Uinta Mountains in Duchesne County.
The wolf would eventually be spotted by at least three groups of people and identified by the frequency of its dying radio collar as part of the Boundary Pack from Idaho’s panhandle region near the Canadian border. The pack roams roughly 850 miles as the crow flies from where the solitary male was first spotted in Utah.
The multiple sightings this fall come two years after the last reported glimpses of the large carnivores in Utah. In 2012, a coyote-control crew spotted four wild canines — either wolves or wolf-dog hybrids — roaming eastern Utah County.
This most recent wolf was spotted in Yellowstone Canyon north of Altamont when it walked across the road.
It was spotted again by people calling in coyotes, and finally by elk hunters before it appeared to head into Colorado or Wyoming.
Biologists believe the adult male was probably looking for a female mate in its wanderings and will continue to search until he finds one or takes up residence with a pack along the way."When Idaho put the collar on him, they estimated the battery life at about a year and half. That was a year and a half ago," Maxfield said. "The signal was not very strong. We think the wolf left the state or its collar died. Since no one has reported seeing him, we think he likely left."
It is also possible the wolf was killed and the collar destroyed.
Maxfield said he investigates about a dozen wolf sightings each year in northeastern Utah. His howling has drawn just one other response — near Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
The collar worn by the wolf may have included a GPS unit that either sent a signal to a satellite or could have been downloaded upon retrieval, but it seems not to have been working. Utah wildlife officers are trying to track down that information if it is available.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) director Greg Sheehan said this is not the first, or last, time a wolf will visit the state.
"It is amazing to me the distance wildlife will travel," Sheehan said. "What path did he take to get here?"
Sheehan believes there are no breeding pairs currently in Utah.
Wolves are protected in Utah under the Endangered Species Act.
The Utah Legislature told wildlife managers in 2010 to prevent any packs of wolves from establishing within the northern corner of Utah — the area north of Interstate 80 where wolves are delisted, or not protected. Under that law, the state wildlife agency must ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove wolves from Utah where they fall under the Endangered Species Act
Once wolves are delisted, the Utah Wolf Management Plan, which allows for two breeding pairs of wolves in the state, would be used to manage the animals.
Kirk Robinson, executive director of Utah-based Western Wildlife Conservancy, was excited to hear that another wolf had ventured into the state.

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