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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, March 3, 2015

A decade ago, Lyme Disease was an east coast and mid west affliction, spread by the bite of the black-legged deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) which transmits the B. burgdorferi.spirochete into peoples bloodstreams..............The disease is spreading west via the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus)..........Mammals can spread the tic to new regions and now it has been determined that common backyard birds are also quickening the movement of Lyme disease to western states............. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States...................... There are approximately 30,000 cases reported each year, with the large majority occurring in the eastern United States.................. However, because actual cases are often underreported to the CDC, the agency notes that the number of people in this country diagnosed with the disease every year may be 10 times higher..........The lyme spirochete is thought to be an "import" from Europe, another "exotic" organism that is making a walk in the woods a problematic affair for many of us.............Stay on trails, do not bushwhack,,,,,,,,,,,,,do not walk barefoot on lawns,,,,,,,,,,,,Sad but true until a serum is developed to create immunity to this debilitating vector that can cause heart, joint and paralysis problems in humans if not treated effectively early on via antibiotics

Study IDs key birds that host Lyme disease bacteria in California

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The Golden-Crowned Sparrow, one of the 53 species 
of birds tested in the UC Berkeley study and a common
 sight in suburban areas, was revealed to be an
 important host of the LymeDisease-causing bacteria
 Borrelia burgdorferi.
Credit: Michael McCloy photo

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