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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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Monday, August 10, 2015

Aqutaq is the name of a four year-old female white wolf (aka arctic wolf) who lives in Marin County, California with owner Oliver Starr.............. Aqutaq is not wild, but she certainly isn’t a pet..............She was purposefully bred in captivity and raised to be an “ambassador wolf” for Starr’s ongoing advocacy for the protection of wolf species............A fellow Blog reader, Oliver recently gave a talk on the need for buffer zones to protect Wolves that roam outside Park Borders.............An excellent follow up to our recent posting regarding Alaska failing to keep in place a protective buffer around Denali National Park in Alaska,,,,,,,,,,,Denali's Wolf population has cratered to less than 50 animals with a key reason being the legal shooting and trapping of the animals as they wander out of the Park...............Oliver, thanks for bringing your insights to us readers

From: Oliver Starr <
Date: August 10, 2015 at 10:46:28 AM PDT
To: "Wolves, Wolf Facts, Cougars, Cougar Facts, Coyotes, Coyote Facts - Wolves, Cougars, Coyotes Forever" ;;
Cc: Oliver Starr <
Subject: Re: Coyotes,Wolves,Cougars..forever!


I just delivered a detailed talk on the situation at Speak For Wolves in West Yellowstone.  It was well received and what the data shows is alarming.  Please feel free to share what of this you like on your wonderful blog.


Oliver Starr

Here's the full text of the talk and above it a link to the slides:


Keeping a Wolf at Home to Save the Species

Oliver Staar and Aqutaq

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