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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 4, 2014

Downtown Los Angeles is blessed with the largest urban Park in the USA----Griffith Park in Burbank has been home to one of the dozen Pumas that still call Los Angeles home.............Name d P-22, this "cat" had come down with mange after ingesting rodenticide, likely in the bloodstream of some smaller mammal that it had eaten.............We have discussed many times on ths Blog that when people put out bait traps with poison designed to kill rodents outside of their homes and businesses, there is dire consequences for larger animals like Coyotes, Foxes and Pumas as the poison move up the food chain..................Thankfully, P-22 seems to be recovering from his bout with the poison and while he is landlocked and without female companiionship due to the crisscrossing freeways of L.A. preventing movement onto his turf, at least he seems to be eating well and looking vibrant.................Next step is for a wildlife under/overpass to be constructed at the Chesboro exit on the 101 freeway, the last remaining spot between downtown L.A. and Santa Barbara where open space exists on both sides of the freeway...........Hopefully funds get allocated for this culvert which would allow for Pumas and Coyotes to traverse from the Pacific Ocean inland, perhaps allowing P-22 to find a mate

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area biologist Jeff Sikich set up a camera that could be remotely triggered on Nov. 21 in Griffith Park near a deer P-22 had killed. Sikich took these snapshots of the mountain lion coming back and forth to the deer over a period of four days to feed on it. P-22's been mostly eating mule deer—the natural prey of choice in the area—but occasionally eats coyotes and raccoons.
National Park Service researchers have been studying P-22 ever since they caught him and put a GPS collar on him in March 2012. Earlier this year, they discovered he was suffering from mange—a parasitic disease of the hair and skin—and after doing some tests, found he had traces of rat poison in his body. They treated him with selamectin, a topical treatment, and it looks like it worked!
“He looks healthy and has a full belly,” Sikich said in a statement. “Based on the number of photos, the multiple angles and the clarity, this is the best indication we’ve had that P-22 appears to have recovered. With these high resolution photos I can zoom in and investigate for signs of mange around the back of his ears and top of his head, which is usually where it first develops.”

However, unless they re-capture P-22 and test his blood, they can't be completely certain to know how healthy he is.
Back in June, there were some videos showing P-22 on the road to recovery. However, Kate Kuykendall of the National Park Service told NBC Los Angeles then that "there’s nothing to say he can’t get mange or that he can’t be exposed to rat poisons again because nothing in his environment has changed."
Local wildlife experts have warned people that putting out bait traps with poison designed to kill rodents outside of their homes and businesses have consequences, like having the poison move up the food chain and affecting larger animals like mountain lions.

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