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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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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mullholland Drive in the heart of Los Angeles saw what I believe all of us would say is a Puma running down the street near the Beverly Park community.............Is it possible that this is a female cat????????????............Two Puma kittens were born in the L.A. area this year,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,If a female, maybe she and P-22, the Puma making a living in nearby Burbank's Griffith Park will hook up.............If it is a male cat, let us hope that they keep a wide distance between them as Male Pumas fiercely defend their home territories and a confrontation between two male cats often leads to death................More and more we see the need for that Wildlife Over/Under Pass to be built at the Chesebro Exit of the 101 Freeway,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Amazing that this 2nd Puma was able to cross either it or the 405 freeway-------------------both roads with thousands of cars 24 hours a day

2nd Puma taking up home in downtown L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- What appears to be a second mountain lion has been spotted in the heart of Los Angeles.
ghostly photo of the big cat running down a residential street near Mullholland Drive was captured by a security camera near the wealthy gated community of Beverly Park and posted on Twitter by musician Chris Stills, son of '60s rocker Stephen Stills.

The mountain lion appears to be about a year old and likely crossed the 405 Freeway from the Santa Monica Mountains.
The freeway has long presented a formidable barrier between wildlife in the mountains and L.A. to the east. As many as nine of the big cats, not including kittens, live in the mountains but are hemmed in by highways and ocean.

The new Los Angeles resident may be one of two juvenile mountain lions who recently left their mother and are now seeking their own territory, according to Kate Kuykendall, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

A different mountain lion, designated "P-22" or "Puma-22" also apparently crossed the freeway two years ago — and another highway — to take up residence in Griffith Park.He was sickly and suffering from mange early this year, but appears to be on the mend and was recently spotted munching on a mule deer carcass in the park. The big cat wears a GPS tracking device, and park biologists treated him in March with medications and Vitamin K injections.
If the young cat just spotted keeps going to Griffith Park, there could be trouble between the two animals, say wildlife experts.

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