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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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Friday, November 6, 2015

According to the videos below, three hikers in California’s Ranch San Antonio County Park ran into a mountain lion and this good-sized buck deer dueling to the death in a wooded canyon............... It’s a rare event that few people will ever see, and even rarer to catch on videotape............ The action is a bit hard to make out at times, but we can’t fault the hikers for not wanting to get closer....................Not for the feint hearted to view, but a fascinating look at what nature is all about---PREDATOR AND PREY

Videos: Rare Footage of Deer in Life or Death Battle with Mountain Lion



Mountain lions are incredibly powerful predators, leading some to think that as soon as they bring down their prey, the fight is already over. That is not always necessarily true.
Bucks during the rut are already pumped full of testosterone and ready to fight. Give them a set of antlers and you have an animal that is not only equipped to deal some damage, it is also pretty strong in its own right. As anybody who have ever witnessed a duel between two bucks can tell you, these are not meek animals. Add in the fact that it’s literally fighting for its life, and you’ll find that plenty of deer actually escape predators even when brought down.

Who are you placing your bets on?

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