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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, November 11, 2014

So even with a reduced South Dakota Puma population due to increased human hunting, dispersers are still managing to find routes east, sometimes ending up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,,,,,,,,,,,,,Two more pictures of our large "cats" were positively identified by the state's Dept. of Natural Resources in late October and again in the first 9 days of November..........At this point, state biologists feel that the pictures reveal the same Puma, once seen in Chppewa county and the the 2nd time seen in Mackinac county............Since 2008, 26 confirmed sightings in the Upper Peninsula,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Still, the DNR does not believer there is a breeding population in Michigan..............We are waiting for that one female Puma to make the journey to the midwest...............She will seemingly have plenty of qualified bachelor males to come courting her and she will be protected under Michigan law as an endangered species(loophole being that if someone feels threatened, they can shoot to kill the CAT--lousy law)

click above link to read article #1

Michigan DNR

 confirms cougar

 sightings in U.P.


- click on link to the left
to read article # 2

2 cougar sightings

 confirmed in 

Michigan's U.P.

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