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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, September 7, 2015

With all the discussions about how State Game Management should be about all stakeholders and not just be about the whims of hunters, once again the first paragraph in the article below on the recent Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma Wildlife Dept. 6 year Black Bear Research Study discusses that the primary reason for having done the study is to determine where hunters may and may not kill the bears.........."Jeez Louise"----We have so far to go in terms of how we interact with the remaining creatures that share the planet with us...........Will we ever evolve to see them as worthy of being here above and beyond our seeming need to blast them to hell?

Black bear studies

 near completion

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Posted: Sunday
, September 6, 2015 12:00 am

Research on northeast
 black bear population should 
wrapped up in June, and 
may indicate areas where more
 bear hunting can take place in 
years to come.

The six-year project involves
 trapping and re-capture, DNA
 analysis and bait-station
 to determine bear population
density and distribution, said
Craig Endicott, northeast
 wildlife supervisor with the
Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation. 

Oklahoma State University and the 
Wildlife Department collaborated on the 
effort, designed to give the department
 information on which to base decisions.
“We’re thinking about it,” Endicott said 
of expanding the black bear hunting area 
beyond the current four-county area of
 Latimer, LeFlore, Pushmataha and 
McCurtain counties. “We are 
responsible for making good decisions 
for wildlife, and you need to know what
 you’ve got before making those 
decisions. We will have good 
information after the study is complete,
 and we will see what recommendations
 can be made.

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