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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

The ABC tv-station in Hartford/New Haven Connecticut recently reported on a so-called "Coyote attack" on a dog in the same way that every media outlet tends to do---Through the language utilized, they end up(intentionally or not) shocking their viewers, causing many of them to become outraged, frightened and wanting all Coyotes killed................WTNH and other outlets across the USA might not intentionally be looking to malign Coyotes(bears, wolves Pumas, etc, etc)...............They just do not bother to to consult with biologists and Environmental Organizations frequently enough so as to present a "fair and balanced" report on how Coyotes behave around dogs their size and larger...........As the Coyote Yipps blogsite states so well: "Dogs are constantly intruding on coyotes"........... "A coyote's nipping message is their attempt to drive the dog away, not maul him to death"........... "It's how they protect their territories or dens and it's how they drive intruder coyotes away".........This type of "protection behavior" is especially common during pup rearing season,,,,,,,,,just about to get underway in the Northeast..................Click on the video below the article to get a vivid "word picture" of what the "dance between the dog and the Coyote is really all about


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