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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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Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Tampa Bay Time Editorial Board is justified in "blasting away" at the upcoming October Black Bear hunt planned for Florida, the first since the bruins were protected in this state since 1994............Many environmentalists feel that the state Wildlife Commission has no real idea as the the population of the Bears even though they publicly state that roughly 2500-3000 of them live there.............Using this projection, they have issued 1340 hunting licenses, roughly 50% of the estimated bear count............The newspaper contends that as many as 50% of the bears could be removed from the population, a biological disaster if that was to occur as it would definitely spiral down the bears chances of sustainability over the long haul..........Using another densely human populated state(New Jersey) that has over the past 5 years reinstated a black bear hunt, the 2014 Bear population estimated to be 2500 saw 11% of the bears killed(267) with 7789 bear licenses issued.............If in fact all 7789 hunters were in the woods over the week long Garden State hunt, then only 3% of the hunters bagged a bear...............A similar killing % upcoming for Florida would generate only 40 Bears losing their life ..............Remember that in December last year in Jersey, cold and wet weather limitied hunter access to Bears...............No such problems for Florida hunters with year round mild weather as the paradigm.................Let us hope that no more than 150 Bears are ultimately killed (I am estimating not 2500 bears but 1500 in the Florida population--which could sustain a 10% reduction without an adverse impact on long term sustainability to the population)

Editorial: A hunter for every bear

The idiocy behind the state’s decision to reopen bear hunting after 21 years is coming into full view.

The idiocy behind the state's decision to reopen
 bear hunting after 21 years
 is coming into full view. As of this week, the state
 sold 1,340 licenses for the
 hunt in October, a number equal to about half
 the state's total bear population. 
This is a senseless slaughter in the making 
organized by the very state officials 
in charge of conservation.

 Commission voted in June to authorize the

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
 hunt even though its own biologists were (and
 still are) conducting a census of the bear
 population. Commissioners offered cockamamie
reasons for the decision and contempt 
for the public outcry. It was clear the move was
in response to a handful of bear attacks in
 a state that continues to allow home developers
to push ever deeper into Florida's natural
The state set no limit on the number of licenses
 that could be sold for the one-week hunt
 that's scheduled to open Oct. 24. At this rate,
hunters could outnumber the bears. While
 hunters are limited to one bear per person,
and the state has limited to 320 the number
 of bears allowed to be killed, authorities would
 need thousands of wildlife officers to ensure
 that these animals are not illegally poached.
This is what happens in a state where the
governor cares little about the environment,
 where the state environmental chief wants to
 turn state parks into profit centers and 
where political appointees on the wildlife
commission feel absolutely no sense of public 
accountability. For all the commissioners'
 high-minded talk about wanting to sustain the 
bear population, one hunter seemed to sum
it up best. He said he was eager to blast away 
after seeing what bears had done to trash
This is a terrible turn of events for the bear
 and a shameful day for a wildlife commission 
that has hopelessly lost its way. It's another
 reason Florida voters should make protecting
 the environment and wildlife more of an issue
when evaluating candidates before the next 

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