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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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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

There is a reason that we have so much warmth and empathy for our pet dogs.............We see so much of ourselves in them(and their canid cousins).................And when you watch the two Coyotes in the video below grooming each other of tics, you can draw parallels to how you and your significant other exhibit similar concerned interest in each others welfare............Pope Francis has it right,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there is so much of us in so many other of the worlds creatures.............A true "circle of life" it is that we must all do our utmost to respect!



I've been told that grooming is hierarchical in coyote
families. Not so! Here you have two buddies of equal
stature taking turns in grooming and taking off ticks.
I've seen mothers groom yearlings, I've seen mothers
groom mates, I've seen males groom youngsters and
mates, and I've seen youngsters groom each others
and their parents. So it's not about hierarchy. It's
about caring for one another, removing unhealthy
 ticks and about closeness.

I had been watching them groom for several minutes
 before I decided to videotape them. You can see
 from the length of the video that this isn't a
perfunctory groom for the purpose of confirming
rank. These guys are really taking care of each
 other. Ticks are bad this year.
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