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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 3, 2014

Vermont biologist Walter Medwid in simple to understand prose outlining the need for multiple stakeholders from all walks of life to be involved in State Game Commissions management of wildlife.........As he puts it: ......."While many deer hunters(now the key voice in many state Game Commissions) see coyotes as a threat to “their” deer, biologists in New York have recently concluded that coyotes prey far less on deer and fawns than hunters believe"........... "Only 10 percent of adult deer deaths are actually caused by coyotes"............ "Biologists there have also found that coyotes hunt and eat beaver far more often than fawns"............ "Regrettably, the board with its narrow focus and representation has, in the case of the coyote, kept the myth of coyote as “vermin” alive and well – they may be killed any day of the year for any reason or no reason"...... "They(NY Game Managers) seemingly dismiss and certainly discount more scientifically-grounded data"................And as it relates to his own home state of Vermont's wildlife laws he correctly states: "There should be a wider lens that the board looks through to ensure an ecologically diverse Vermont with healthy wildlife populations; the lens should not only look at game as the paramount product"

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