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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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Thursday, September 17, 2015

PREDATOR DEFENSE Executive Director, Brooks Fahy shared this important new paper entitled: "When shooting a coyote kills a wolf: Mistaken identity or misguided management?" ............In the few places in the USA where Wolves and Coyotes are sympatric, "stricter regulation of coyote hunting must be instituted immediately!

When shooting a coyote kills a wolf: Mistaken identity or misguided management?

Thomas M. Newsome1,2 • Jeremy T. Bruskotter3 • William J. Ripple2

Abstract The recovery of wolf populations in the United States (U.S.) is hampered by ongoing human-wolf conflicts. In particular, the illegal killing of grey wolves (Canis lupus), red wolves (Canis rufus), and Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act has contributed to relatively high mortality rates in some areas.

 One issue is that wolves are often mistaken as coyotes (Canis latrans) and illegally shot by hunters. To minimize cases of mistaken identity, stricter regulation of coyote hunting is being adopted in some areas where endangered wolves exist. Here we argue that such management should be adopted more widely, and especially in areas where wolves are at low densities or recolonizing new areas.

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Eastern Wolf

Eastern Coyote

Such a proposal may face opposition, particularly where coyote hunting is common, or where coyotes are perceived as a threat to human enterprises such as livestock ranching. Appropriate education and training is needed to ensure that the public is aware that (i) wolves and coyotes are difficult to distinguish from a distance and (ii) coyotes are far too resilient to be affected by most periodic eradication programs, let alone from derbies or recreational hunting. 

We conclude that recreational hunting of coyotes could restrict wolf recolonization while providing little benefit to animal agriculture. Consideration of new management strategies is therefore required to assist with wolf restoration efforts and to minimize ongoing human-wildlife conflicts. 

Brooks Fahy
Executive Director
(541) 937-4261 Office
(541) 520-6003 Cell

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