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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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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Is it possible( I think likely) that the real reason for the decline in kill numbers for the recent South Dakota Puma hunt is that the last several years the quota has been to high and the "Cats" are starting a downward population slide?????? .............This, rather than the "weather excuse" which state biologists always seem to "trot out" when one of their hunting season kill totals is not met

Mountain Lion harvest down from previous years

Unseasonably warm temperatures and low snowfall are possible factors

The hunting season is over but sportsmen did 'not' get the lion's share this year.

Mountain lion harvest season ended Tuesday and the official numbers are in.
Hunters took down 43 cats, 10 fewer than last year.
Outdoor Campus West wildlife biologist Steve Griffin says less snow this year helped hunters find lion tracks but official data is not yet processed.
"We haven't analyzed the data but the hunters that did harvest lions were using the same methods that were used in the past," he said "And with snow or without snow, the methods still work and generally they were calling lions in."
Still hungry for more hunting? Spring archery turkey season opens this weekend and firearm season begins next week. Each season runs through May 17th.

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