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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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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Glad to be back online with all of you...........Trouble with my internet service had me "down" since last Wednesday............I start back up with some disturbing statistics from the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE here in Los Angeles(responsible for the Santa Monica Park) revealing that since they began studying the impacts of Rodenticides on Carnivores in 1966, huge percentages of Pumas, Coyotes, Bobcats and Foxes have died from ingesting the poisons that were first eaten by rodents, rabbits, squirrels and small mammals............As of April 2012, 11 of 12 Pumas have tested positive for the poison and two animals have died from it................93 of 105 Bobcats have tested positive with over 70 of these animals perishing from it ..................And 20 of 24 Coyotes tested had the poison in their system and 12 died from it.................Folks, use rat traps to get rid of the mice and rats in your house and barn................STOP USING POISON.............On top of degradation of habitat and climate change, these rodenticides are going to be the knock out punch for our "Impact, Trophic carnivores.................How to exist amongst us and fulfill their ecological services if we conciously poison their food?

[PDF]Lethal Dose: Rat Poison & Local Wildlife

Another Victim of Rat Poison?

September 17, 2015 Posted by: Kate Kuykendall,
 Public Affairs Officer

A local resident discovered this gray fox and reported it to our biologists. | Photo: National Park Service
A local resident discovered this gray fox and reported
 it to our biologists. | Photo: National Park Service

When the National Park Service released an image that
 showed the famous Griffith Park mountain lion known
 as P-22 suffering from mange and disclosed that he
 had been exposed to rat poison, biologists hoped the
 unfortunate news would raise awareness about the 
harmful impacts of common household poisons on
 our local wildlife population. 

This week’s report of a dead gray fox brought home
 how far we have to go in educating the community 
about the unintended impacts of using these products 
around homes, parks, and businesses.
A local resident called on Monday to report the dead
 animal, found on private land near Peter Strauss 
Ranch in Agoura. Although the findings are still
 preliminary, the necropsy indicated that the gray 
fox likely died as a result of exposure to anticoagulant
 rodenticide (this is the more formal term for the rat
 poisons that use blood thinners to kill the animal).
 The gray fox had internal bleeding and did not
 have any signs of other trauma (such as injury 
from a vehicle, other animal, etc.). Testing the
 liver for poison residues will help confirm the 
cause of death.
National Park Service researchers havebob
 documented widespread exposure to anticoagulant 
rodenticides since they began studying carnivores
 in and around the Santa Monica Mountains in 1996.
 The graphic below summarizes this research and 
Infographic: Rat Poison and Local Wildlife
Despite the fact that we’ve only studied a limited 
number of gray foxes, this is not the first time we’ve
 documented the poisoning of a local gray fox. Back
 in 2008, biologist Joanne Moriarty conducted a
 necropsy on GF-29 (the “GF” stands for gray fox), 
an animal she had first caught near Westlake Village. 
In that case, the animal had such significant internal
 bleeding that blood was actually coming out of its
 ears and mouth (anticoagulants block the vitamin 
K cycle, which is critical for allowing the body’s 
blood to clot).
GF-29’s ear shows signs of external bleeding and bruising. Anticoagulant rodenticides interfere with blood clotting. | Photo: National Park Service
GF-29’s ear shows signs of external bleeding and
 bruising. Anticoagulant rodenticides interfere with
 blood clotting. | Photo: National Park Service

Although these photos and details can be disturbing (and 
these are the sanitized photos that do not show blood
 throughout the abdominal cavity and elsewhere), it’s 
critical that the public understands the unintended
 consequences of using these poisons.
So please share this blog post with others and learn
Although we think P-22 has recovered, it’s likely that
 he continues to be exposed to poisons left out by
 local residents and other property owners. 
Let’s see what we can do to change that.


Poisons Used 

to Kill Rodents

 Have Safer 


A second generation of 
ultra-potent rodenticides 
creates a first-class crisis
 for people, pets, and wildlife

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