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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, June 7, 2015

Add it to your wildlife bookshelf---The Wolf: Ghost Hunter” by Daniel Leboeuf--A history and examination of their biology down through the ages--Everyone enjoy and Happy Sunday!

Fascinating wildlife book talks about wolves and their world

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Posted: Sunday, June 7, 2015 9:45 am
 “The Wolf: Ghost Hunter” by Daniel Leboeuf is all about the wolf and his world.
Leboeuf tells us how the wolf has been hated and feared throughout time — more than any other animal in history. In the Middle Ages, Frances I organized a wolf hunt that took place three times a year; this hunt was not dismantled until 1971. In 1500, entire forests were burned to get rid of wolves in England. Wolves were eliminated in Scotland by 1680 and in Ireland by 1770.
The author also discusses the wolf's many impressive traits. They have two coats for instance: a short, thick undercoat and a longer, tougher outer coat. They have 42 teeth which they use as a vise, grasping their prey and not letting go. It's believed that a wolf's jaw can exert over 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. It's also been said that if the wind is in their favor, wolves can smell three deer from 1.5 miles away and they're able to hear and interpret sounds from several kilometers away.
Wolves have a special way of life according to Leboeuf. They mate for life. Their social hierarchy determines which of them will breed.
Wolves' diets change with the seasons: during winter their staple food source is ungulates such as moose, deer, elk, caribou and muskoxen. During the summer months they eat any of a number of smaller mammals such as muskrats, marmots, hares, birds and fish.
A common estimate for pack size is five to eight animals, although in Alaska packs are typically larger, consisting of 20 or more. The majority of wolves prefer the company of others but a few go it alone. When hunting, wolves go after unprotected young, the old and the wounded first, leaving a healthier herd behind. Because hunting is so hard, wolves will return to a larger kill until it has all been eaten. If hunting conditions are good, the leftovers fall to foxes, bobcats, ravens and birds of prey.
» Lee's take: A good book about a fascinating animal.
» J.J.'s take: A good resource for wildlife enthusiasts.

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