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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, August 28, 2015

Always supplying us with useful and informative information on Carnivore Rewilding, our friend Helen McGinnis provides further data on how you can sign up to attend the " Living Large: Wolves, Bears, Cougars and Humans in North America Conference scheduled for October 12-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C..................You do not have to be a biologist or Environmental Activist to attend,,,,,,,,,,,,All are invited to join and participate!

From: Helen McGinnis <
Date: August 27, 2015 at 4:44:05 PM PDT
To: Rick Meril <>
Subject: Re: Living Large: Wolves, Bears, Cougars and Humans in North America , October 12-14, 2015


Dear Helen,

I'm not sure if I responded to this or not.  Anyone can attend this conference.  An announcement on your Facebook page would be wonderful!!!  Please click here for more information or to register: Living Large Conference

Thank you,

Carol England
Executive Assistant to Andrew Rowan, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Chief International Officer
President &; CEO, Humane Society International

The Humane Society of the United States
700 Professional Drive Gaithersburg MD 20879

 -----Original Message-----
From: Helen McGinnis []
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2015 2:02 PM
To: Carol England
Subject: Living Large: Wolves, Bears, Cougars and Humans in North America , October 12-14, 2015

I just read the brief announcement of the conference in Rick Meril's "Coyotes Wolves Cougars...Forever" blog.  Could you send more information?

Can any interested person attend?  If so, I'd might like to announce it on the Cougar Rewilding Facebook.

Helen McGinnis

Living Large: Wolves, Bears,
 Cougars and Humans in North 
Monday, October 12, 2015 8:30 AM -
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 12:45 PM (Eastern Time)

The Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet Univ.
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
United States

Map and Directions

Join us at the Kellogg Conference Center at

 Gallaudet University for a Conference on
 Living Large: Wolves, Bears, Cougars 
and Humans in North America.

This conference seeks to foreground the

 best ideas from animal welfare, conservation 
biology, public policy, conflict resolution, law,
 and other disciplines in the interests of 
securing the future of these iconic creatures.

Learn more at
Take a look at the Conference Program
See our List of Distinguished Speakers
Click here for more information about Lodging and Travel



 DAY 1 – Monday October 12, 2015 Morning Session: Introducing Concepts and Ideas – Moderator: Nicole Paquette 8:30-8:35 Conference welcome, Nicole Paquette, The Humane Society of the United States 8:35-8:40 Introduction, Scope and Governance, Andrew Rowan, The Humane Society of the United States 8:40-8:45 Bob Koons Dedication, Andrew Rowan, The Humane Society of the United States 8:45-9:15 The Past, Present and Future: A vision for protecting/conserving the large predators – David Macdonald, WildCRU, Oxford University 9:15-9:30 Q&A 9:30-9:45 break 9:45-10:15 Socio-political issues and the Protection of Large Predators – John Vucetich, Michigan Technological University 10:15-10:30 Q&A 10:30-10:45 break 10:45-11:15 Wildlife management approaches: the classic North American approach and alternative strategies – Susan Clark, Yale University 11:15-11:30 Q&A 11:30-11:45 break 11:45-12:15 Compassionate Conservation and Rewilding are More Than "Welfarism Gone Wild": On the Importance of Individual Lives – Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, Boulder 12:15-12:30 Q&A 12:30-1:30 lunch Afternoon Session: Anthropogenic Impacts – Moderator: Rick Hopkins, Live Oak Associates 1:30-2:00 Overview of human impacts on large predators – Bradley Bergstrom, Valdosta State University 2:00-2:15 Q&A 2:15-2:30 break 2:30-3:00 Human impacts on Cougars – Rob Wielgus, Wisconsin State University 3:00-3:15 Q&A 3:15-3:30 break 3:30-4:00 Human impacts on Wolves – Paul Paquet, University of Calgary 4:00-4:15 Q&A 4:15-4:30 break 4:30-5:00 Coexisting with Carnivores in the 21st Century: Of people, predators and prophets – Stewart Breck, US Dept. of Agriculture-APHIS 5:00-5:15 Q&A 5:15-5:30 Open Discussion, End of Day One 

The Program DAY 2 – Tuesday October 13, 2015 Morning Session: Attitudes and Public Policy – Moderator: Sharon Negri, Wild Futures 9:00-9:30 Sex, Death and Wildlife Management – Dave Mattson, US Geological Survey 9:30-9:45 Q&A 9:45-10:00 break 10:00-10:30 A Holistic Framework for Cougar Conservation in the 21st Century; Lessons Learned from the Failed Perception-Based Management Strategies of the last several decades– Rick Hopkins, Live Oak Associates 10:30-10:45 Q&A 10:45-11:00 break 11:00-11:30 Understanding the Carnivore Controversy: Attitudes toward Predators and Predator Control in the United States, 1978-2014 – Jeremy Bruskotter, Ohio State University 11:30-11:45 Q&A 11:45-12:00 break 12:00-12:30 The Future of Carnivore Conservation in North America and Western Europe – Adrian Treves, University of Wisconsin 12:30-12:45 Q&A 12:45-1:45 lunch Afternoon Session: What is the future for large carnivores? – Moderator: Linda Sweanor, Wild Felid Association 1:45-2:15 Cougars: The Challenges of Advocating for their Conservation – Wendy Keefover, The Human Society of the United States 2:15-2:30 Q&A 2:30-2:45 break 2:45-3:15 The ethical landscape – Bill Lynn, Clark University 3:15-3:30 Q&A 3:30-3:45 break 3:45-4:15 The legal landscape –Ralph Henry, The Humane Society of the United States 4:15-4:30 Q&A 4:30-4:45 break 4:45-5:15 The next fifty years – Howard Quigley, Panthera 5:15-5:30 Q&A 5:30-5:45 Open Discussion, End of Day Two 6:30 pm Reception and Conference Dinner Guest Speaker: Todd Wilkenson Living Large Program

 DAY 3 – Wednesday October 14, 2015 Morning Session: Current and Future Policy – Moderator: Andrew Rowan, The Humane Society of the United States 9:00-9:30 John Shivik, US Forest Service 9:30-9:45 Q&A 9:45-10:15 Dan Ashe, US Fish & Wildlife Service 10:15-10:30 Q&A 10:30-11:00 break 11:00-11:30 Wayne Pacelle, The Humane Society of the United States 11:30-12:45 Panel Discussion (Ashe, Pacelle) – Moderator: Bernie Unti, The Humane Society of the United States 12:45-1:00 Closing Remark

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