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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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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

So what did the Feds expect to have happen when they went "belly up" and caved to Maine's request to allow trapping of Coyotes in critical habitat where endangered Lynx dwell??????????They now have the answer that they knew all along but conveniently chose to sweep under the rug---DEATH OF TWO LYNX BY TRAPPING!-----So these Lynx deaths have invoked a provision in the Maine trapping paradigm that for now will prohibit the use of the conibear traps, as well as foothold traps in elevated setups, within zones occupied by lynx.............. Conibears may still be used if set on the ground with “lynx exclusion devices,” and foothold traps may still be used if set on the ground.................Hopefully, Lynx will somehow avoid these remaining trap set ups..............Will the USFW Service ever grow some cajones and step up and do right by our carnivore suite?



Marcia Mueller said...

The United States FWS, as well as the state fish and wildlife departments are nothing but flunkies working in the service of ranchers, extractors, and hunters. It is a disgrace that the voice of the people cannot be heard above the demands for more public grazing land, more drilling, more hunting and trapping. Of course, too many aren't paying attention. That is how special interests get their way.

Rick Meril said...

Marcia,.......unfortunately, 85% of the time, you are spot on!