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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, November 19, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently evaluating an environmental-impact statement that next year could recommend transplanting a handful of young grizzlies into the North Cascades(Washington State)...........Extirpated in this habitat for a good 75 years, once re-established the population would be able to traverse back and forth and re-connect with the Griz occupying southern British Columbia, Canada.............Griz expert Joe Scott of CONSERVATION NORTHWEST feels that the Northern Cascades could house 600 bears as it is the same size area as Yellowstone(estimated to now have a population of this same size)...........As Mr. Scott saids: "Without the grizzly, the land is still wild, but not humbling"............ "Wildlife people often say that a bear that loses its innate fear of humans is a dangerous, ill-fated animal".......... "The same might be said of humans who lose or refuse to confront their innate fear of bears"............ "Such is the natural order"............ "There’s plenty of room in the wide-open North Cascades — and certainly in our hearts — for a little old-fashioned humility"........... "Let the grizzly bear bring it home"

Why returning grizzlies to the North Cascades is the right thing to do

  Why returning grizzlies 
to the North Cascades is the
 right thing to do
Pacific NW magazine staff writer

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