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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 5, 2015

What a fine Blog Site GRIZZLY TIMES BLOG is with longtime Grizzly Bear advocate Louisa Wilcox "callin em as she sees em" on the ups and downs of Grizzly Bear rewilding in North America............As Louisa puts it, when the Feds say a population is recovered, one must take into account historical context.........There was an estimated 100,000 Griz roaming the land that we now designate as Canada, USA and Mexico at the dawn of European colonization, circa AD 1500.............There are at most 900 to 1900 still left in the Northern Rocky ecosystem with most of them disconnected from each other--In essence "island populations" subject to gradual gene defect erosion----eventual extinction............Note that Griz reproduce at the lowest rate of any mammal in North America........Accordingly, most biologists feel that their recovery is dependent on big "connected populations which total perhaps 3000-5000 bears"............. "This makes sense if you want to buffer against the effects of disease and climate change(impacting food sources like cutthroat trout and whitebark pine seeds)"......... "This approach to recovery would not come anywhere close to restoring bears to pre-European levels (which of course cannot be done), but would at least lift the populations further from zero, and extinction"




Louisa Willcox

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