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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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Monday, May 9, 2016

Disheartening, stupid and barbaric all describe to a tee the 163 Wolves shot from helicopters in Alberta, Canada-----All in the name of protecting Caribou----A smokescreen by the Provinical Government that no one in the know(and hopefully at this point by layman alike) is fooled by.............Stop cutting down the forests,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Stop doing tar sands oil,,,,,,,,,,,and the Caribou will continue existing alongside "brother-wolf" just as they have for millenia

Province kills 163 wolves in second year of controversial cull

The province has provided an update on the wolf cull in the South Selkirk Mountains and South Peace area as the program continues into its third year.
The controversial wolf cull was introduced as part of a program to help save the threatening caribou herds in the province. The wolf cull was introduced in 2015 by the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. The wolves are considered a threat to caribou herds and they were killed by shooters in helicopters.
Last year the province killed 84 wolves in regions that were deemed a threat. This year the province has killed nine wolves in the South Selkirks and another 154 in the South Peace region. According to the province, both the South Selkirk and South Peace herds have experienced significant losses to wolf predation. The South Selkirk herd numbered 46 caribou in 2009 declining to 12 in the most recent survey conducted in March 2016. This is a loss of six caribou since the 2014 census.
Several organizations have spoken out against and in favour of the cull, notably the BC SPCA publicly announced it was against the cull, saying the methods of killing were not humane. The organization Wildsight backs the program saying they accept the risks involved to save the mountain caribou.
Popstar Miley Cyrus has even chimed in about the wolf cull by taking to social media to question the B.C. government’s tactics.
The province has held firm with its plan to cull the wolves, insisting that hunting and trapping of wolves has not effectively reduced populations and that splitting up packs may increase predation rates on Caribou.

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