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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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Saturday, November 28, 2015

We have previously reported on the longest-running Puma research in North America--THE TETON COUGAR PROJECT run by the advocacy group, PANTHERA.............Over the past 5 years, their research in the Greater Yellowstone has revealed lifestyle aspects of Puma life never before known or accepted as scientific fact.........The Teton Cougar Project has firmly established that "adults of both sexes will gather together to share a meal without any fighting or spilled blood"............. "Cameras have revealed that males accompany females with cubs—both of their own siring and not—without even a hint of infanticide"......... "And they’ve found that the cats will even sleep together near a carcass for days on end, showing a social side that had never been seen or studied before"...............And like all trophic carnivores(wolves, Griz and Black Bears, Coyotes, Bobcats, Lynx, Martens, Fishers, Hawks, Eagles, etc, etc, etc), "we’re only just starting to learn what crucial and often unexpected roles these predators play in maintaining the health of ecosystems"............. "There’s evidence that the presence of mountain lions can affect everything from plant diversity to the abundance of butterfly populations"............ "Whether pumas allow themselves to be glimpsed or not, we can, it seems, see their influence on the forests they inhabit" ..............Watch the National Geographic Special about this study on National Geo Channel this coming December 3,,,,,,,,,,,check your local listings for times





A new documentary 

reveals that mountain

 lions are not the solitary 

killing machines 

we’ve always thought.

TA mountain lion wears a radio collar as part of the Teton Cougar Project.

 Mark Elbroch (left) and a colleague examine a mountain lion kitten.PHOTO: ANNA PLACE/BBC

Mountain lions share a meal.PHOTO: JEFF HOGAN/HOGAN FILMS

Mountain lion hunts take place in the winter.
A mountain lion takes cover in a tree.PHOTO: DUNCAN PARKER

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