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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, November 30, 2015

We can all agree that Governor Chris Christie would be no friend of biodiversity if he was to be elected President in 2016.............Black Bears have been hunted with intense pressure in the Garden State since 2010 causing Bears in the northwestern portion of the state to tumble from 3000 to 2200 .............Yet Gov. Christie's Environmental Protection Unit has the gall to say that there are still 3500 Bears in this region, an overstatement of the poplation even prior to killing off 1600 of the bruins since 2010..............Female Bears reproduce slowly and not every year----Couple this with the diminishing kill levels(from 500+ to 200+ over the past 4 years and in my mind you have a declining not a growing population.................Have we heard Christie dictate that all northwestern Jersey communities should initiate bear proof garbage cans and and not to put out your trash till the morning of pick up?..............NO,,,,,,,,,,just "kill baby kill" rhetoric seeped in B.S.regarding resident safety,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Thus NJ now has an expanded hunting season initiating in October 2016 and an additional 4 days tacked onto next weeks hunt should "weather keep hunters from coming out..........Wow, that is just great wildlife science at play wouldn't you say??????.............Let us hope that Christie gets no traction in the New Hampshire primaries even with the big newspaper up there endorsing him for President

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