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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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Friday, July 3, 2015

Our friend Roland Kays turning in some very reinforcing citizen science evidence on how Coyotes help keep cats from killing birds in natural areas.................As most of us know, domestic cats kill billions of birds and small mammals in the U.S. each year............. Kays research has found that the birds and small mammals that live close to human development are most at risk of falling prey to a cat..............Cats avoid natural areas where coyotes live,........Cameras at 171 sites throughout Raleigh, North Carolina photographed both cats and coyotes.............. Cats were most commonly spotted in residential yards -- places where coyotes were rarely seen...............Cameras in residential yards were 300 times more likely to spot a cat than cameras in protected areas.............The only protected area where Kays and team didn’t photograph any coyotes (Gambrill State Park in Maryland) was also the one where the most cats were spotted............. This reinforces the notion that coyotes keep cats out of the wild places.................Coyotes will kill cats,” Kays said. “That’s one of the benefits of having predators in the environment -- they help keep the balance of nature and help prevent cats from overrunning it.”

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