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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 10, 2015

Yes, there are a handful of "Coyote bites Man" stories every year, usually involving a pet dog, food habituation or walking too close to a den with pups.................What there is a whole lot more of is Postal Service Workers(and other humans) being bitten by pet dogs annually.............In fact, in 2013, an astronomical 5,879 USA Postal Workers were "attacked and bitten" by our canine pets.............And this figure is only a fraction of the overall problem for the nation as a whole............. The Postal Service said 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually — more than half of whom are children..------And the Media has the gall to scare us as it relates to our encounters with Coyotes, Black Bears, Pumas, Wolves and other Carnivores.............It is our dogs that we have to keep in tow.................If we follow best co-existence practices with our wildlife neighbors, very few negative incidents to follow

Los Angeles 

is worst for 

mail carrier 

dog bites

dog mail carrier

Postal Service Releases Top Dog Attack City Rankings

Collaboration Promotes National Dog Bite Prevention 

Week, May 19-25

May 15, 2013 
Release No. 13-052 @USPSstamps
WASHINGTON — As a prelude to National Dog Bite
 Prevention Week, the Postal Service released its dog 
attack city rankings today and urged pet owners to help 
reduce the incidence of dog bites to letter carriers.
"If our letter carriers deem your loose dog to be a
you'll be asked to pick up your mail at the Post Office
 until it's safe to deliver," said Ken Snavely, acting
postmaster of Los Angeles, where 69 postal employees 
were attacked last year, placing the City of Angels as
 the most vicious for dog attacks. Nationwide, 5,879
 postal employees were attacked.
Snavely noted that in situations where a dog roams
 the neighborhood, delivery to the owner's neighbors 
could be curtailed as well. Additionally, when letter 
carriers come to a customer's door, pet owners are 
asked to place dogs in a separate room and close the 
door, as many canines have been known to jump 
through screen and glass doors.
Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a 
postal problem. Nearly 5,900 letter carriers were 
attacked last year, but that pales in comparison to 
the 4.7 million Americans annually bitten by dogs 
— more than half of whom are children — 
according to the Centers for Disease Control
 and Prevention (CDC). The U.S. Postal Service,
 the medical community, veterinarians and the 
insurance industry are working together to educate
 the public that dog bites are avoidable by declaring 
May 19-25 as National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
"Many dogs are cherished members of their family
 and people believe their dog won't bite, but given
 the right circumstances, any dog can attack," said
 Snavely. "Dogs do not reason like people do and 
they will react to their instinct to protect their family
 and territory. Working with animal behavior experts,
 the Postal Service has developed tips to avoid dog
 attacks, and for dog owners, tips for practicing 
responsible pet ownership."
Hoto be a Responsible Dog Owner
  • Obedience training can teach dogs proper
  •  behavior and help owners control their dogs
  •  in any situation.
  • Dogs can be protective of their territory and
  •  may interpret the actions of a letter carrier as
  •  a threat. Please take precautions when accepting
  •  mail in the presence of your pet.
  • When a letter carrier comes to your home, keep
  •  your dog inside, away from the door, in another 
  • room or on a leash.
  • Dogs that haven't been properly socialized, 
  • receive little attention or handling, or are left
  •  tied up for long periods of time frequently
  •  turn into biters.

Fiscal Year 2012 U.S. Postal Service Dog Attack
 City Ranking(top 14 markerts)

City, State
Los Angeles, CA
San Antonio, TX and Seattle, WA
Chicago, IL
San Francisco, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Detroit, MI
St. Louis, MO
Baltimore, MD and Sacramento, CA
Houston, TX and Minneapolis, MN
Cleveland and Dayton, OH
Buffalo and Brooklyn, NY
Denver, CO
Dallas, TX and Tacoma, WA
Wichita, KS

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