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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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Saturday, January 16, 2016

If you go to see the REVENANT movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, ,the first scenes of the movie reveal that the "Beav" have been "trapped out" of the particular river that the Mountain Men have been occupying........."Fur trapping might seem like a page from the past, a reminder of the days of Daniel Boone and coonskin caps"....... "And in most of the world, it is"............... "Among the few nations where it occurs, none is more important than the United States"............... "Every year,150,000 trappers here capture and kill up to 7 million wild animals, more than any nation on earth"..................."Fueling the market now are buyers in China, Russia, Europe and other parts of the world where fur is a symbol of wealth and power, where luxury garments made from the pelts of 30 to 40 animals sell for $50,000 to $150,000"............... "The number of bobcat pelts exported from the U.S. has quadrupled in recent years, climbing to more than 65,000 in 2013, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora"................With virtually all of our wild carnivores precariously clinging to life amidst our 330 million person land-altered USA, seems time to stop destroying the keystone species that are the glue of our fragile natural world..............Accordingly, a Federal Judge is demanding that Idaho "revise" its wanton trapping in the northern parts of the state as the endangered Lynx are inadvertently being killed in traps set for wolves and other "critters"...........Kudos and lets hope that as the Idaho Tappers Association fears----"The proposed limits will end all types of trapping"!!!!!!


Judge orders Idaho to alter trapping to protect Canada lynx

First Published     •    Last Updated Jan 11 2016 09:24 pm

Idaho Trappers Association’s president says proposed limits will end all types of trapping
A bald eagle, America’s national bird, is caught in a steel-jaw trap along a hiking trail near Juneau, Alaska, in December 2014. It later was euthanized.
Steel-jaw traps work by slamming shut on the paw or leg of an animal and holding it until a trapper arrives. The devices are outlawed in more than 80 nations, but not in the U.S.


Trapper Larry Gogert, shown holding fox and coyote pelts, says trapping is less cruel than the natural world. “If you didn’t catch them, they’ll suffer. Something else will kill them,” he said.


A trapper carries bobcat pelts outside the Nevada Department of Wildlife office in Fallon. The average price for a pelt in the state last year was $305. The finest-quality pelts are worth more than $1,000.


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