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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

The traffic keeps on getting more dense and continuous round the clock in Los Angeles but somehow another adult male Puma has wandered into the Santa Monica Mountains,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,There are now 3 adult male "cats" in this "penned in" ecosystem,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Exciting news as the 150 pounder brings the potential for a "gene infusion" should he mate with one of the females that call the City of Angels home

Researchers track new mountain lion in Santa Monica Mountains

Researchers with the National Park Service began tracking
 a new mountain lion last month in the Santa Monica
 Mountains, officials said Friday.
The adult male mountain lion, known as P-45, was
 captured Nov. 21, park officials said. He was estimated
 to be 3 or 4 years old and weighed about 150 pounds.

 began tracking an adult male mountain lion, known as P-45, last
 month in the Santa Monica Mountains

In an ongoing tracking study of mountain lions in the Santa
Monicas, only one other cat, known as P-1, was that large,
 park officials said.
P-45 was caught in the central part of the Santa Monica 
Mountains and fitted with a GPS collar, park officials said.
 The cat has spent most of his time in the west end of the
 mountain range, sticking to undeveloped areas, officials said.
Male mountain lions are extremely territorial in an area
 surrounded by freeways, and researchers believe the
 area can only support one or two adult males. An 
8-year-old male cat called P-27 spends time at the 
east end of the mountains, officials said. Researchers
 started tracking another adult male, P-12, in 2008.
 Although his GPS collar has stopped working, 
he was photographed in the area by a remote camera in 
The National Park Service began studying the lions in 2002 to determine how they survive in a highly fragmented, urban environment

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