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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 3, 2015

Like the long running Chicago and Gotham(NYC) Coyote Studies run by biologists Stan Gehrt and Mark Weckel(respectively), there is a new Los Angeles Coyote Study being conducted by the National Park Service.......Two Coyotes collard in downtown L.A. have revealed that the species are "persisting within home ranges that have high human densities and little natural habitat...............Researchers found that more than half of the recorded locations are in developed areas, such as along roads and in high-density residential areas.............. The remainder of the recorded locations were in landscapes defined as altered, such as vacant lots or parks......In a previous suburban 1996-2004 Simi Hills, California Coyote Study(just north of Los Angeles), "Songdogs" were found to use natural areas almost 80% of the time..........So this current Study is showing once again how adaptable this canid is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,One of them has even found a way to cross what most feel is the death barrier of the 101 freeway...........Thiniking, problem solving, adapting and overcoming are the hallmarks of our Coyotes----They have my admiration!!!

New study

 offers insights

 into Los 

Angeles’ most 

urban coyotes

National Park Service researchers are now tracking
 two coyotes near downtown Los Angeles. Above, a
 coyote pup belonging to C-144, a female coyote who
 spends the majority of her time in the Westlake
 neighborhood. Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

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