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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 6, 2015

Join Camilla Fox and PROJECT COYOTE as they partner with THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS to remind and insist Senators and Congressmen to utilize best available Science when working through analysis of what species to put on(or take off) the Endangered Species Act----Make your voice heard in D.C. by clicking on link below!

From: "Camilla Fox, Project Coyote" <;
Date: December 6, 2015 at 2:09:56 PM PST
Subject: Best Available Science and the Endangered Species Act

Dear Colleagues,

Endangered Species Act (ESA) determinations must be "based solely on the best available scientific and commercial data". Otherwise, federal government decisions risk extinction of our nation's biological diversity and set a dangerous precedent for ignoring science in the decision-making process.

Was best science utilized in the decision on whether to list the Sage Grouse?

We have partnered with the Union of Concerned Scientists to obtain the signatures of thousands of scientists and scholars for this petition to ask the federal government to abide by the best available science clauses in the ESA. We hope you will join us in this effort by signing this petition here:

…and by sharing this email/link with any U.S. scientist or scholar with an M.S., J.D., D.V.M., or Ph.D. or other advanced degree whom you know is interested in the ESA or science-based policy-making.

Please contact any one of us if you have any questions,

Adrian Treves, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (608-890-1450)

Robert Crabtree, PhD, Yellowstone Ecological Research Center (406-570-9545)

Camilla Fox, Project Coyote Founder & Executive Director (415-945-3232)

David Parsons, MS, Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service - Retired  (505-908-0468)

Scientific Advisors to Project Coyote in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists


HQ OFFICE: P.O. Box 5007 Larkspur, CA 94977 | 415.945.3232  FACEBOOK: ProjectCoyote | TWITTER: @ProjectCoyote

Tell the secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to allow independent experts to evaluate the best available science when making endangered species determinations.
We Need Science-Based Decisions
Tell Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to allow independent experts to evaluate the best available science when making endangered species determinations.
Tell A Colleague
Please encourage your colleagues to sign up and help increase our effectiveness in creating a healthy environment and a safer world. CLICK HERE.
Strengthen the Endangered Species Act with Independent Science

From wolves to wolverines, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have increasingly chosen to ignore the best available science when it comes to implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These decisions must be "based solely on the best available scientific and commercial data," as the law requires. Otherwise, FWS decisions risk extinction of our nation's biological diversity and sets a dangerous precedent for ignoring science in the decision-making process.

Join me in asking Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to allow independent scientists to evaluate the best available science when making endangered species determinations.

It is vital to inform endangered species determinations in a transparent and consistent way. As scientists and technical experts, we have a unique role to advocate for informed decision making using independent science.

My own peer-reviewed work on gray wolves and other predator species shows how vulnerable they are to extinction when ESA protections are taken away. My colleagues and I have also pointed out options other than delisting that government officials could take, as well as the misinterpretations of the latest science in their recent decisions. As a fellow member of the UCS Science Network, I hope you join me in signing this statement in support of using the best available science to enforce the ESA.

As the administration looks to make a number of listing and delisting decisions over the next year, we must fight for the role of independent science when it comes to implementing one of our nation's strongest and most popular science-based environmental laws.

Adrian Treves, Ph.D.
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Project Coyote Science Advisory Board
UCS Science Network member
Member of the Union of Concerned Scientists


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