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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, January 24, 2016

"The contentious phenomenon of identity politics isn't limited to Democrats and Republicans"................ "A national survey shows that "cat people" and "bird people" have heated differences of opinion, complicating the challenge of managing more than 50 million free-roaming feral cats while protecting threatened wildlife"............."Bird conservation professionals, whose focus is on protecting species from extinction in the wild, see feral cats as threats to the survival of wild birds"............."Cat colony caretakers, on the other hand, dedicate themselves to caring for neighborhood animals they see as abandoned and neglected by others".................We have to find some way to get these two divergent groups to collaborate on a true solution to Cat wildlife predation............It's a real conundrum and a tough path to collaboration between the two groups as "only 9 percent of cat colony caretakers believed cats harmed bird populations and only 6 percent believed feral cats carried diseases".................. "Colony caretakers supported treating feral cats as protected wildlife and using trap, neuter and release programs to manage feral cat populations"............... "Many bird conservation professionals, meanwhile, saw feral cats as pests and supported removing and euthanizing them".............. "Within both groups, women and older respondents were less likely to support euthanasia"

Why claws come out over feral cat management: Finding common ground among 'cat people' and 'bird people'

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