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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, April 22, 2015

Ecologist Cristina Eisenberg penned an insightful and compelling Earth Day article discussing how top trophic carnivores have a large role to play in helping our natural systems withstand the worst impacts of climate change........In Cristina's own words-------."While wolves and other carnivores won't slow climate change, they can help create ecosystems better able to withstand it"............... "However, trophic cascades have yet to make it into the climate change solution lexicon"............ "Could this be because combating climate change with wolves is too implausible? Some ecologists think so".............. "But nearly 90 years ago, at least one person was promoting wolf conservation as a means to create more resilient ecosystems in the face of drought and other ecological stressors".............. "That individual was another eminent Wisconsinite, Aldo Leopold"................"He suggested that ecological resilience "varies inversely with aridity," and that water, soil, animals and plants, "bear a delicately balanced interrelation to each other"........... "He urged scientists to parse these relationships and managers to apply best science"................ "One decade later in the essay "A Conservationist in Mexico," he recommended doing so by allowing wolves to return in reasonable numbers"....................."Best science demonstrates that conserving carnivores, be they coyotes in New England, cougars in the Dakotas, or wolves in the Pacific Northwest, could help us adapt to climate change and stave extinction for myriad species"


Cristina Eisenberg, PhD
Lead Scientist
Earthwatch Institute
114 Western Ave | Boston, MA 02134
Office: +1-978-450-1210 X 210 |
F: +1-978-461-2332 | C
: 406-270-5153 | Skype: cristina.eisenberg

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Larsen B Ice Shelf Collapsing, Antarctica
Photo courtesy NASA


Elk Running from Wolves
NPS photo.

Aldo Leopold in Mexico Pondering Carnivore Conservation. 
Photo Aldo Leopold Foundation
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Learn more about the importance of carnivores by reading The
 Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America's 
Predators, and The Wolf's Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades,
 and Biodiversity, by Dr. Cristina Eisenberg. Learn more about large
 carnivore conservation by joining Cristina afield on herEarthwatch 
expedition, Tracking Fire and Wolves through the Canadian Rockies.

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