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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, April 7, 2015

19 fewer Moose hunting permits will be issued in New Hampshire in an attempt to slow the decline of the some 3000 Moose(down from 5-6000 over the last several years) that call this state home...........Both Maine and Vermont are also easing back some 10% in hunting permits as all of New England is starting to feel the impacts of Deer brain disease and winter tics killing off their Moose..............Might a complete hunting moratorium be better for the Moose over the long haul?.........New Hampshire biologis Kristin Rines thinks that the small number of Moose that will be shot by hunters(2.5% of the herd) will not change the outcome of long term persistence for the Moose............I would disagree to some extent while acknowledging her statement that "parasites(tics/brain disease) are the chief killing agents of the Moose

New Hampshire will issue only 105 Moose Hunting Permits in 2015

New Hampshire will issue only 105 Moose Hunting Permits in 2015
The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game announced that this year only 105 permits will be issued to hunters due to decline in moose population. It means that there will be only a few hunters in the state fields and forests tracking moose this fall. Last year, the department within the government of New Hampshire in the United States had given 124 permits.
The familiar pattern has been seen in Maine and Vermont. According to reports, this year, Vermont will issue 225 regular moose hunting permits. The state in the New England region of the northeastern United States has about
2,400 moose. On the other side, Maine, which has more than 60,000 moose, has decided to issue about 2,815 permits. The drop in permits is of 10% compare to last year.
New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been decreasing the number of hunters due to declining population of moose, but the ratios vary widely. According to figure, Vermont has decided to send one hunter for 10 moose, while Maine will send out one hunter for 23 moose. The third state, New Hampshire, has decided to send one hunter for 38 moose.
According to reports, some states have suggested a moratorium on moose hunting. According to them, suspension on moose hunting could provide a chance to moose to grow their population. But, as per New Hampshire officials, suspension on moose hunting in the state wouldn't do much to moose rebound.
Even if every moose hunter in New Hampshire successfully bags big game, that would account for only 2.5% of the state's moose population.
Kristine Rines, the Moose Project leader at Fish and Game, said, "My prediction is that the population will do what it's going to do regardless of hunting pressure. "Hunting isn't what's causing this decline - it's parasites."
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