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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, October 21, 2014

Only 63 confirmed sightings of lynx were documented in Minnesota from 2000 to 2006, according to the Department of Natural Resources.................Are there still enough of the "big pawed" cats out there in the Great Lake States to take advantage of the 8069 square mile critical habitat acreage that the USFW Agency has designated in Minnesota?.

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Feds set 'critical 

habitat' limits for

 threatened lynx

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer Updated: October 14, 2014 - 10:35 AM
Should you come across the elusive Canada lynx in the
 Arrowhead, be aware that they're in one of five parts of
 the United States designated as "critical habitat" for a
 wild cat in danger of extinction. On Tuesday, the U.S.
 Fish & Wildlife Service's final rule designating
prime lynx territory went into effect. The lynx thrives in
 large tracts of boreal forest, where it can find its favorite
meal, snowshoe hares, and "persistent deep, fluffy snow,
" which the tufted-ear cats can navigate better than
 bobcat and other hare predators, according to the agency.
The designation of critical lynx habitat in Minnesota,
 Maine, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington
 followed a lawsuit by environmental advocates to boos
t the protection of lynx, which have been listed as
"threatened" since 2000. The designation could affect
 timber harvesting and other activities on public lands,
 which make up about 85 percent of the 8,069-square
-mile critical habitat in Minnesota, but it won't interfere
 with development on private land unless it requires
 a federal wetlands permit.
So how many lynx remain in the United States? No
 one really knows. Wild cats are notoriously hard to
 and most evidence points to a very small population
 lynx. The Fish & Wildlife fact sheetdoesn't even
 venture a guess. Nor do a number of wildlife advocacy
 groups. Only 63 confirmed sightings of lynx were
documented in Minnesota from 2000 to 2006,
 according to the Department of Natural Resources

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