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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, October 5, 2014

"One of the things I've always said to my relatives in Montana and people who have problems with wolves is that I would rather live in a world where wolves can run free than one devoid of them, even if they get shot"-Steve Gilbertson(Washingoton State hiker who recently named a newly established Wolf Pack)

Citizens get to name wolf packs they discover

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Citizens get to name wolf packs they discover*

Citizens get to name wolf packs

 they discover


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - While they view predators from
 widely different viewpoints, Steve Gilbertson, a hiker, Ross
 Hurd, a rancher, and Bob Jensen, a hunter, are among
 Washington's most distinguished wolf watchers.

Each had a role in documenting new wolf packs, earning the
 honor to dub the packs with their official names.

Outdoor lifestyles put the men in touch with the elusive wild canines. 
Sharing the information with the Washington Department of Fish 
and Wildlife is helping biologists manage a controversial critter 
protected by state endangered species laws.

Washington currently has 14 confirmed wolf packs with at
 least three more suspected packs.

Five breeding packs had been identified at the end of 2013
 and at least two more pairs were known to have had pups 
this year.

At least 15 breeding pairs must be scattered over three
 regions of the state before state endangered species 
protections can be eased.


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