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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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Friday, April 24, 2015

Will the throngs of animal lovers and nature enthusiasts that call California home come forth and help Caltrans fund the necessary willdlife over/underpasses built so that the Pumas, Coyotes and perhaps one day again--Wolves and Grizzlies can spread their genes, multiply and fulfill their ecological services on the land?

Where humans and nature collide:

 Roadkill hot spots identified in California

April 20, 2015
University of California, Davis
A map shows how California's state highway
 system is
 strewn with roadkill "hot spots," which are
identified in
 a newly released report. The data could
help state
 highway planners take measures to
protect both
 drivers and wildlife.

Major hot spots include:
  • Sacramento area: Where I-80 and I-5 run
  •  across by
  • passes along the Pacific Flyway, marshy 
  • areas attract
  •  birds during migration and result in high 
  • rates of roadkill.
  • Bay Area: "It's sort of a ring of death 
  • around the Bay
  •  Area,
  • " Shilling said. Interstate 80 and State
  •  Route 101 run
  •  alongside the bay, where high rates 
  • of wading birds
  •  and water birds are killed. Large animals
  •  are more
  •  likely to be hit on I-280 and State Route 
  • 17,
  •  particularly near areas of parks and open
  •  spaces.
  • Southern California: Many areas along
  •  State Route
  •  94 in San Diego County have high rates 
  • of collisions
  •  where the highway runs through wildlife
  • habitat.
  •  Shilling said Caltrans is planning to build
  •  five new
  •  wildlife-crossing structures in this area
  •  because the
  •  data demonstrate both an immediate 
  • need and 
  • locations where structures would be 
  • useful.
  • Sierra: Highway 70 in Plumas County 
  • and near
  •  Portola has high rates of roadkill,
  •  particularly deer.
  • North Coast: Both State Routes 101
  •  and 20 show
  •  high rates of collision between Willits
  •  and Lake
  •  Mendocino.

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