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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 15, 2015

With the USFW Service in a complete retreat on Wolf and Puma re-introduction east of the Mississippi, it is up to the States to have the wisdom and resolve to place trophic carnivores back into our woodlands and meadows...........New York State's PROTECT THE ADIRONDACKS is pushing the Dept. of Conservation to update it's WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN to include these necessary overseers of terrestrial ecosystems........The DEC continually cops out on Wolf and Puma restoration with the "passive/aggressive" commentary that they only review "action plans" for species currently residing in the state and not extirpated species, even if they occupied every nook and cranny as recently as the late 19th century..........You can still enter your comments on this absurdity and put your "vote" in for Wolves and Cougars by contacting the State Dept. of Conservation through Friday of this week

Wilderness group

 wants wolves,

 cougars on NY 

wildlife plan

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 — A wilderness preservation group is calling on
 New York state officials to study the reintroduction of
 wolves and cougars to the Adirondacks.
The group Protect the Adirondacks says the state's
 updated Wildlife Action Plan contains
 no mention of possible reintroduction of the big
 predators. The federally mandated action
 plan, updated every 10 years, guides state
management of species and habitats.

The Eastern Wolf in Algonquin
National Park in Canada
Public comments are being accepted on New York's plan 
until Friday. The plan drafted
 by the Department of Environmental Conservation
includes assessments for 597 species, 
identifying population trends and threats.
A DEC spokesman says Wednesday that the action plan
 focuses on species that currently 
have populations in New York state. There hasn't
been a resident population of wolves or 
cougars in New York for 150 years.

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