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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, January 8, 2015

“To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering”--Aldo Leopold................Never a truer statement made as it relates to the human community finding new and better ways to fight bacterial infections through the use of Antibiotics............We all are aware that through overuse on the common cold as well as well as on livestock(to fatten them up), the current suite of antibiotics available to fight infections is starting to become ineffective...........Now, Researchers are reporting that a new drug, extracted from a soil sample, easily cured infections in mice, with no side effects...... Dr. David A. Relman, a professor of medicine at Stanford writes that “It illustrates the amazing wealth and diversity of as-yet-unrecognized, potent, biologically active compounds made by the microbial world — some of which may have real clinical value"...............“We’ve been blind to the vast majority of them because of the biased and insensitive methods we use to discover drugs”........... "The methods are flawed because they miss microbes that will not grow in the lab(only occur naturally in the environment), and subject others to artificial conditions that may alter the array of potential drugs they produce".............."The new research is based on the premise that everything on earth — plants, soil, people, animals — is teeming with microbes that compete fiercely to survive......... Trying to keep one another in check, the microbes secrete biological weapons: antibiotics........ The way bacteria multiply, if there weren’t natural mechanisms to limit their growth, they would have covered the planet and eaten us all eons ago",.................Therefore, abiding by Leopold's premise of keeping every cog and wheel" in our environment from extinction is irrefutable and should be our goal as a society

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New Antibiotic Stirs 

Hope Against 

Resistant Bacteria

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A previously uncultured
 bacterium, Eleftheria terrae,
 makes teixobactin, a new
 antibiotic.CreditWilliam Fowle/
Northeastern University

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