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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, January 22, 2016

"If I don't exercise I get less fit, and am less able to do highly active things".............. "So I wondered if some animals need to spend time and energy on voluntary exercise so that they are fit enough to out-run predators, win over mates or hunt down prey"---A fascinating question explored by Dr Lewis Halsey of Roehampton University...............Enjoy the read below

Do animals exercise to keep fit?

January 20, 2016
British Ecological Society (BES)

A Hibernating Black Bear does  not lose muscle tone over
its Winter sleep---Fascinating, as we humans wither
if in a hospital laid up for a couple of weeks

A Black Bear wakes from hibernation and can go "full tilt", none
the worse for having been semi-comatose for months.....Not
the case with us human animals

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