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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, January 24, 2015

We always applaud states that seek to rewild their open spaces with the preator/prey suite that existed at the time of colonization, circa AD 1500.............In this case, Wisconsin augmenting it's Elk release plan in the southern part of the state via animals obtained from the recovered 15,000 Elk herd found in Kentucky.........The only question that we pose for Wisconsin Game Officials is: Why not also relocate some Wolves from northern Wisconsin into your Rusk and Sawyer County Elk release sites so that some sort of predator/prey balance will occur.............You already of plenty of deer in southern Wisconsin,,,,,,,,,Elk simply put more pressure on forest herbivory, retarding regeneration of the widest dieversity of plant-stuffs................Coyotes cannot kill Elk(perhaps a % of fawns) in significant numbers so Wolves and Mountain Lions needed in your southern tier to create the "cogs and wheels" diversity that your native son Aldo Leopold wrote so passionately about

Jerry Davis: Elk reintroduction shifts south to Jackson County

release plan has the potential of putting Wisconsin’s elk population on a fast track of reaching goals of 1,400 animals in the original Clam Lake area and 400 elk at a second site in Jackson County.
There are currently about 160 elk in Ashland, Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties in northern Wisconsin, all descendants of 25 Michigan elk released there in 1995.
About 150 Kentucky elk will be trucked to Wisconsin during the next three years. The first 50 animals will go to Jackson County; next year’s 50 to Clam Lake; and the last 50 will be split between the two sites.
“That 1995 release in northern Wisconsin was an experiment, not a reintroduction,” Wallenfang said. “In about 2000, the Natural Resources Board accepted the responsibility to manage the elk and it was no longer an experiment.”
Currently there is a cooperative trapping effort between Kentucky and Wisconsin to coral 50 animals, check them for diseases, transport them to a holding pen in Black River State Forest, hold them in quarantine for total of 120 days, and then open the gate and allow the animals to walk into the state forest.
The crews doing the capture and related work are employees of Kentucky and Wisconsin, or partners from the Ho-Chunk Nation and the county forest.
“We found a state (Kentucky) who has never had a case of chronic wasting disease,” Wallenfang said. “In payment of kind, Wisconsin will assist Kentucky in improving the ruffed grouse habitat in their state.”
It is unclear whether any Wisconsin ruffed grouse will eventually be given to Kentucky, but the habitat must be improved before there is any chance of those birds increasing the current population.
The makeup of each year’s 50 elk is dependent on what walks into the “traps.”
“We know we won’t get any mature bulls, because the traps exclude those animals based on size and antlers, so it’s mostly cows, calves (some that are males) and a few young bulls,” Wallenfang said. “The antlers on any young bulls will have to be sawed off so as not to injure other elk.”
While the animals are being held in pens in Kentucky, and later in Wisconsin, they will be cared for by a Wisconsin crew, ear tagged, pit tagged, fitted with GPS collars, and receive numerous health checks.
Some of the cows could have calves before the Jackson County pen gates are opened, and those will be collared, too, but no other new calves will be captured in the wild and collared the first year.
The seven-acre holding pen has a double fence, eight feet high, so there will not be any contact with large wild animals outside the pen.
The change in the protective status of the gray wolf will not change any of the release plans.
“These elk in Jackson State Forest will have better habitat than those in northern Wisconsin,” Wallenfang said. “We expect this population to grow much more quickly than the population released in 1995.”
Feeding the newly released wild elk will be prohibited. Anyone with animal feeders will be required to remove them if elk start visiting those areas.
Wallenfang is head of Wisconsin’s elk program and the official spokesperson for the elk advisory committee.
Nearly all the expected necessary costs ($550,000) have been raised through contributions.
The Cable Chamber of Commerce estimates the Clam Lake elk population generates about $200,000 in revenue each year.
Kentucky has an estimated elk population of about 15,000 animals.

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