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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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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

So do you think that Pumas and Wolves are needed back in West Virginia...........Black Bears and Coyotes exist in the state but obviously are not denting deer numbers with 2015 human deer kills at 130,000, 10% above the previous 5 year average

Deer kills up 32 percent in W.Va. in 2015

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Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:03 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of deer killed in West Virginia last year rose 32 percent compared with 2014.
The state Division of Natural Resources said hunters killed more than 138,000 deer during the bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q and Class XS deer seasons.
That compares to the nearly 105,000 deer killed in 2014, and is 10 percent greater the five-year average of about 126,000.
Last year's deer total includes nearly 60,814 killed during the buck firearm season, 39,853 during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 32,540 during archery season and 5,179 during muzzleloader season.
Preston County had the most kills at 5,080, followed by Ritchie County at 4,527, Lewis County at 4,506 and Jackson County at 4,333.

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