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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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Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter comments in this NY Times "Opinion Piece" about having a "deer hunter" moment(see the theatrical film to understand where I come from on this) this past Fall, alone in the woods with a Doe in his sights----He asks the questions: When do you kill, what do you kill---Do you kill at all?.........Interesting read and perspective as you read through..............Many of us who read this blog would say NO to all hunting of Carnivores as they are key top down trophic regulators of natural systems,,,,,,,,,,They self regulate their population based on prey populations and spacial requirements,,,,,,,,,,,,,,We do not need to eat their meat or wear their hides to live well and prosper..............Outside of taking a "trophy", why kill them?

The Deer in My Sights

December 19, 2015
Seamus McGraw is the author of “Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories From the Front Lines of Climate Change.”

    The Deer Hunter
    R 1978 ‧ Drama film/Thriller ‧ 3h 3m
    In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven's elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are qui… More
    Release dateDecember 8, 1978 (USA)

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