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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, June 12, 2015

A couple weeks back we posted an article on the "power of the wolf pack" as it related to members of large packs being able to withstand debilitating disease (e.g. mange) better than lone wolves and members of smaller packs via (the large packs) food gathering abilities.................Now, new information from U. of Minnesota biologists have determined that when it comes to fighting for territory, the composition of the pack matters as much as its size................Not only do larger packs with 9 or more wolves win the majority of turf conflicts against packs with 6 or less members, but it is also true that Packs with more adult males will win out over rival packs of similar size who have less adult males involved in the dispute..............In fact, these adult male-heavy "wolf teams have a 65% increased chance of winning their battles over similar size packs with less "guys" in the fight.........And just like in business or sports, having experience, veteran wolves in your pack 6 years or older(the average wolf lives 4 years in Yellowstone Park) can up the chances of winning a territorial dispute with a rival pack by up to 150%!!!!!.......................Good to have experience,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Good to have the "big guys" playing on your team whether you be wolves or humans!!!

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Pack power

The wolves of Yellowstone provide 

some surprising survival lessons

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