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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, July 8, 2015

A very "virile" and famous Wolf "dad", OR7 has fathered a 2nd set of pups in Oregon..............Might some of his sons and daughters grow up to colonize northern California?.......OR7'S 3000 mile trek from Oregon to California back into Oregon was responsible for California putting Wolves on the State's Endangered List so that when these canids do step back into Calif, they will have a fighting chance of perpetuating the species into the future

World’s Most Famous Wolf Has a Second Set of Pups

New camera trap photos show OR7’s one-year-old pups playing and discover evidence that a litter was born this winter.

A black pup born to OR 7 and his mate walking forest road

Wildlife officials in Oregon put their trail cameras in the right spot this summer, capturing images of the now one-year-old pups of the famous gray wolf called OR7. But the pictures of adolescent wolves playing in their natural habitat is just a bonus compared with what the biologists discovered when they retrieved the cameras—pup scat.
They believe the wolf most likely sired a second set of pups this summer, meaning the Rogue Pack leader is faring well.
OR7, also known as Journey, is the wolf that made international headlines when it traversed from Oregon into California over the course of a three-year, 3,000-mile trek, becoming the first wolf in more than 87 years to enter the Golden State. Prompted by Journey’s journey, the California Fish and Game Commission last year put the gray wolf on the state’s endangered species list.
Since then, Journey has returned to Oregon, found a mate, and sired two litters of pups—all indications that the area is prime real estate for wolves.

“Having a second litter is this pack’s way of putting down roots, and the fact that there are now developing complex layers within this pack is an excellent sign biologically,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity. “OR7 traveled thousands of miles to find a mate and start a family. But this important recovery can only continue if we keep protecting wolves in Oregon and across the United States.”

Just in January, Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife took away some protections for wolves living in the state’s eastside because, after four breeding pairs of wolves were recorded over three consecutive years, that region’s wolf population met the Phase II threshold of the department’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.
Now, ranchers have more leeway to shoot and kill wolves threatening livestock and sheep on their farms.
So, Why Should You Care? Oregon’s wolf population climbed to 77 individuals in 2014, including 26 pups that survived through the end of the year. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, one study found that there’s enough food and space to support more than 1,400 wolves in the state with minimal human conflict. With this year’s count of seven breeding pairs, wildlife officials are mulling removing endangered species protections from the state’s entire wolf population.
“Wolves have started recovering in Oregon only because they’re legally protected, but critical state protections are now in peril,” Weiss said. “Removing state safeguards for wolves would be a tremendous setback for further recovery.”

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