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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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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

When you hear State Game Commissions along with Ranchers, Farmers and Hunters saying that 20, 50, 100, 300 and even 1000 Wolves, Pumas, Grizzlies, Wolverines, Lynx and Black Bears constitute a "recovered" population that merits the institution of a hunting season, please point them to the article below(click on title to read full article) that depicts the sudden death of 1/2 of the deer-like Saiga population that resides across north central Asia----120,000 animals perishing to an unknown disease that has scientists baffled and distressed about what was a population that appeared to have "recovered" from previous near extermination .........Time for us to wake up to the fact that 100 Florida Pumas, a couple hundred wolverines in the northern Rockies, 2200 Black Bears in NJ, 25 Pumas in the Pine Ridge of Nebraska, etc, etc, etc does not represent a "recovered", ecosystems functioning carnivore population, the same as if only 5000 human animals remained in the USA after some godforsaken disaster.........You have to have large, interconnected populations that through their mobility, spreading of genes can withstand natures array of limiting agents.........Will we ever be able to look outside our myopic selves and do the right thing by natures creation????

Death on

 the Steppes: 


Disease Kills 


In the past
two weeks,
more than 
a third of all
 saigas have
been killed,
have found. The 
cause of the outbreak
is unknown.
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