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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

There are only about 500 eastern wolves(red wolves) in all of North America and most -- about 300 -- are in Ontario(50 in North Carolina)..........."The animal's status was recently upgraded federally to threatened, a notch below endangered"................. "Ontario currently classifies the eastern wolf as a species of special concern".............(Nonetheless), Ontarians are allowed to hunt wolves, but must purchase a seal (which costs about $11) and can only harvest two per year, whether they are grey wolves or coyotes".............. "But a legislative change has been proposed that would remove the requirement to purchase a seal, as well as "open the bag limit for coyotes in Northern Ontario"............................"The rationale of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for the move is to protect declining moose populations in the North, but it's a misguided strategy that contradicts the ministry's own science"................. "The ministry points out in their own Moose Project that loosening hunting restrictions for wolves will actually not benefit the moose, because it tends to be that when you splinter a wolf pack, they just end up having more wolves later"................ "They have compensatory behaviour, essentially".............. "The pack splinters and there are more breeding pairs and more wolves the following year"

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By Jim Moodie, The Sudbury Star

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