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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 18, 2014

It has been 14 years since President Bush put a stop to the USFW plan to rewilid 25 Grizzlies into the Selway-Bitteroot wilderness along the Montana/Idaho border...............The goal then as well as now was to create a 2nd core group of Griz linking the Greater Yellowstone to the Northern Continental Divide..........This connective middle ground "linkage" would then make Grizzly Bear Federal De-listing a much less controversial plan of action as the Bears would not be isolated in the Greater Yellowstone with "gene connectivity" at play up and down the northern spine of the Rockies........We root for THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY lawsuit to make the rewilding plan a reality in 2015

Group petitions for grizzly bear reintroduction in Selway-Bitterroot

Group petitions for grizzly bear reintroduction in Selway-Bitterroot

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The Center for Biological Diversity wants to restart efforts to transplant grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness along the Montana-Idaho border.
The national environmental group formally petitioned Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe on Thursday to craft a new rule reintroducing the bears.
The 16 million-acre area is one of six overseen by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and the only one with no resident grizzlies.
“Grizzly bears live in less than 4 percent of their historic range and need to be reintroduced into the Selway-Bitterroot to have any shot at real recovery,” CBD staff attorney Andrea Santarsiere said in an email. “The Service has repeatedly committed to reestablishing a grizzly bear population in this region. We’re just asking them to move forward with that commitment.”
FWS grizzly bear recovery coordinator Chris Servheen said the area was already approved for an experimental population of grizzlies with an initial reintroduction of 25 bears. That plan was developed in 1996, but shelved in 2001.“The funding has never been available to do it,” Servheen said. “It doesn’t expire or need renewal, and it’s never been withdrawn. But you can’t just drop money on something and it happens.”
Santarsiere said the state and federal wildlife agencies shouldn’t be working on delisting grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act before they re-establish a grizzly population in the Selway-Bitterroot.
She argued the area would help link bear populations in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide ecosystems, as well as the smaller Cabinet-Yaak, Selkirk and North Cascades ecosystems.
Roughly 2,000 grizzlies now live in the Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide areas, with around 100 more across the smaller areas. Grizzlies have been seen passing through the Selway-Bitterroot, but none have been confirmed as permanent residents. 

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