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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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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

THE LANDSCAPE OF FEAR paradgm appears to be at play in the Pennsylvania woods everytime deer firearms season commences...........Deer change their habits of where they roam and "hang out" when men are in the woods after them with shotguns and rifles..............Penn State Researchers have documented that while bowhunting season does not seem to "frighten" deer into behaving differently, the sounds of guns in fact do up their vigilance...............Duane Diefenbach who heads up Pennsylvania's Cooperative fish and wildlife research unit states that "“Their behaviors in archery season, there's nothing to suggest these deer are being impacted by the hunting that's going on to any great extent”........... "But once the rifle season begins, we see some pretty dramatic differences"............ "Some of these bucks will leave their home range and go places we've never seen them in the previous 10 months"............ "It's pretty amazing"............They(the deer) change their patterns almost immediately on the Sunday before the opening day of deer season — when hunters enter the woods to check on their stands, make a last scouting trip or burn off the energy of anticipation — and then go back to their normal routine within a day of the season ending".

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