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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 23, 2016

So tell me again Govenor Bruce Rauner , why have you green-lighted the killing and trapping of your recovering Bobcat population(perhaps 5000 animals) when they and Coyotes(estimated 30,000 animals) are obviously not denting Deer populations?.........Your 2015 deer hunt only took out 155,000(145,000 in 2014)----23%-- of the 675,000 deer that are chewing up your woodlands and prairie .............You have an abundance of deer with a need for plenty more Bobcats and Coyotes so as to help your land regenerate in an optimum fashion..............Capisce?????????

  • Illinois hunters 

  • harvest 155K

  •  deer in 2015-16 

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    • By The Associated Press
      Posted Jan. 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM 

      SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — More than 155,000 deer were harvested by Illinois hunters during the 2015-2016 deer hunting seasons.
      The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says about 155,130 deer were harvested this year, compared to 145,720 deer last year.

      Hunters took about 56,730 deer during the archery season from Oct. 1 to Jan. 17. Young hunters harvested about 2,840 deer during the youth season from Oct. 10 to 12.
      Nearly 86,900 deer were taken during the traditional firearm season from Nov. 20 to 22 and Dec. 3 to 6. Hunters harvested 2,375 deer during the muzzleloader-only season from Dec. 11 to 13.
      About 6,345 deer were harvested during the two late-winter seasons from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3 and Jan. 15 to 17.
      Of the deer taken this year, 46 percent were female and

      54 percent were male

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