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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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Thursday, March 10, 2016

My take on 8 years of the Obama Administration as it relates to protecting biological diversity and fulfilling the vision of the endangered species act-----D- GRADE!!!........You get no feeling of understanding or even commentary from this President on species diversity..............You do hear from Obama regarding global warming and he pays lip service to "our beautiful creation" in his teleprompter read speeches............But for my money, the Democratic President seems to feel that the Republicans will never be able to capitalize on this issue and therefore he, Obama, can "sleepwalk" and not step up to protect Wolves and wild places and still hold the moral high ground on the environment...............Meanwhile, the Red Wolf restoration program in the Carolina's is evaporating away via a Obama "pocket veto" of inaction on this important issue

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:48

Wildlife group resigns from red wolf recovery team

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out wolfieDefenders of Wildlife has walked off the Red Wolf Recovery Team, claiming it’s headed for a “dead end,” meeting only once in the past five months.
The only wild population of red wolves on earth is in a five-county area of eastern North Carolina where they were reintroduced. The population includes only 45 red wolves.
Environmental groups had contested the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission’s management of the nearly extinct population, even filing a lawsuit to restrict coyote hunting in red wolf territory to avoid red wolves being mistaken for coyotes and shot. 
The Wildlife Commission in turn questioned whether the red wolf reintroduction is a valid and worthwhile undertaking. So the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suspended the reintroduction program while conducting a feasibility study to that effect. 
According to Defenders of Wildlife, the Red Wolf Recovery Team created to guide the study was a team in name only. The team has members who “seek to undermine red wolf recovery efforts at every turn” and is doing nothing to create “a scientifically-based plan for getting the red wolf back on track,” according to Defenders of Wildlife.
Fish and Wildlife, however, says the team is moving forward to come up with a scientifically based plan for the red wolf’s future. 
“We will continue our committed work with this team and its members to chart a path forward related to the future of the experimental population of red wolves and the overall recovery program based on the best science,” said Tom MacKenzie, spokesman for Fish and Wildlife. 

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