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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, December 11, 2014

A Grizzly monitoring project that collects hair samples from natural grizzly rub sites across southeastern Alberta, British Columbia Canada and Montana is underway to provide a more accurate look at population size, distribution and travel patterns The region known as BMA6 runs from Highway 3 south to the Montana border and from the British Columbia-Alberta border through the grizzly bear range around Pincher Creek, Cardston and the core habitat area in Waterton Lakes National Park.................Approximately 900 rub objects have been identified on public and private land across the study area during the four collection seasons, which have run from mid-May to mid-November. .................The first samples were collected in 2011 and this year is the fourth and final monitoring period...............Back in 2004-08, the Griz population in this British Columbia was estimated at just under 700 animals...............The Griz were then listed as threatened under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature guidelines which called for a minimum of 1000 breeding bears in the region..............This current study championed by area Cattle Ranchers seems to be all about showing that there are now too many bears........Alberta Beef Producers Policy Expert is blunt about getting rid of the Gizzlies: “In areas where there are bear-livestock problems, there should be more management and control to push bears back into secure grizzly habitat, such as the mountains, and let the population grow there"-----Alternatively, I would say that maybe that there is too much livestock grazing in the flatlands and Cows grazing rights should be bought out so that there will not be conflicts between Bears and people

Getting a grip on

 grizzly bear populations

a grizzly bear mother and cub

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