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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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Friday, December 25, 2015

The 28 year Red Wolf Recovery Program in the Outer Banks of North Carolina moves into 2016 without a YES OR NO decision regarding its continuation...............Without any filter on my mouth, I just have to say "that truly sucks",,,,,,I am a believer that both Coyotes and Red Wolves can co-exist,,,,,,We just have to get a sizeable population into multiple locales so that hybridizing between the two species is minimal(as now is the case with the Eastern Wolves in Algonquin Park(eastern Canada) and the Eastern Coyotes abutting the Park,,,,,,,Still waiting for the Obama Administration to take action on endangered species in a meaningful way................And our Eastern(Red) Wolf would be as high a visible species in which to make a statement positive about----------Mr. President, let us hear from you on this prior to the Summer 2016 date that your Wildlife Agency has "put in place as a "red line", "do not cross" moment

2015 Brings No Conclusions On Red Wolf Recovery Program In Eastern NC

As 2015 comes to a close, uncertainty remains about the fate of a federal program in North Carolina aimed at protecting the Red Wolf from extinction. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has repeatedly delayed a decision on whether to continue or abandon the Red Wolf Recovery program that was started in 1987. WFAE’s Mark Rumsey has a recap of this year’s developments:

North Carolina is home to the world’s only remaining wild population of Red Wolves. They roam a five-county area on the Albemarle Peninsula, between Greenville and the Outer Banks. Wildlife officials say the Red Wolf population in the recovery area peaked at around 130 nearly a decade ago. In October, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimated the number at between 50 and 75. A group called the Endangered Species Coalition says that since 2012, more than 30 Red Wolves have either been shot to death or struck and killed by vehicles.

Future of Red Wolf Recovery Program is still in question.
The Fish & Wildlife Service has been studying for more than a year whether to continue the Red Wolf Recovery Program. A decision was postponed twice this year. In late October, the federal agency said it needed more time to study the issue, and named a new "Red Wolf recovery team" for that purpose
During a conference call with reporters, Regional Fish & Wildlife Director Cindy Dohner said the group would examine several questions including the long-term viability of Red Wolves that are kept by about 40 zoos around the U.S. The recovery team will also study cross-breeding between Red Wolves and coyotes, Red Wolf deaths caused by humans in the North Carolina recovery area, and the effects of climate change.

At the October briefing, Dohner said the Fish & Wildlife Service now plans to decide by summer 2016 whether to continue the Red Wolf recovery effort. Kim Wheeler, with the North Carolina-based Red Wolf Coalition, says the animals deserve the continued attention of wildlife officials. "This is going to set a precedent," Wheeler said.   "It's not just something that's going to affect wolves, but their decision is going to affect a lot of endangered species across the board," she added.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says that even if it decides to discontinue the Red Wolf Recovery program in eastern North Carolina, the federal agency would keep working to sustain the species, so long as it remains on the Endangered List.

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