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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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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Our good friend Helen Mcginnis making us all aware of the fraudulent “Habitat Conservation Plan”being pushed heavily in Collier County, southwest Florida................"The ironically named "Eastern Collier Habitat Conservation Plan" (HCP) would authorize impacts to Collier County's endangered species -including the Florida panther and 7 other federally-protected species- from 45,000 acres of proposed mining, residential, and commercial development"................ "Other activities, such as oil drilling and exploration, would be allowed in preserves"..................... "An HCP is allowed under the Endangered Species Act and results in a permit to incidentally harm and harass protected species due to activities such as development".................. "This permit proposal, which may last for 50 years and develop the last rural and wild lands in Collier County, is being decided now".................Helen is urging all of us to tell the USFW folks to not let this travesty of a land use plan go forward by submitting your comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service at------: "Comments-Eastern Collier HCP EIS US Fish and Wildlife Service 1339 20th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960-3559"



To: catsa <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 8:19 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: ACTION ALERT: "Habitat Conservation Plan" May Jeopardize Florida Panther and Other SpeciesHelen McGinnis
 Collier County, Florida open space where Pumas roam

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