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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

Funny how you can go months without coming across a single sliver of information about Wolverines and then suddenly be inundated with new Studies and Research on the creature that many biologists consider our toughest carnivore on a "pound for pound" basis...........The Courts want the USFW Service to review their previous decision to not give Wolverines Endangered Species protection,,,,,,,,,,,,And now Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington State biologists are teaming up to determine the size and location of open space needed in the Northern Rockies to allow the 300 existing creatures to multiply further and endure into the forever................Winter 2017 will start the trail camera and "fur brush" DNA research in the field



Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington state are working

 together because there are so few wolverines and they are
 spread across a wide area, a researcher with Montana's
 wildlife agency said.GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) —
Researchers are working on a plan to study wolverines in
 four Rocky Mountain states to see if the animals that look
 like small bears with big claws can be reintroduced to
 some regions to boost their numbers and see how they
might travel between mountain ranges.
Researchers in 4 states unite for rare wolverine study
"It doesn't occur that often that four states start to think 
about managing a species together," said Bob Inman,
 carnivore and fur bearer coordinator for Montana Fish, 
Wildlife and Parks.
The study is expected to begin next winter, using trail
 cameras to capture images and copper brushes to
collect DNA when the animals pass by.
Wolverines are rarely seen by humans and roam in
 deep snow and steep terrain. There are now up to
300 in the four states.
The work will be done in the winter when bears are
hibernating so researchers can focus on the wolverines.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Fish
 and Wildlife Foundation are helping pay for the study.
Representatives from the states began discussing
 what could be done for wolverines and came up with
 a study proposal about a year ago, the Great Falls
 Tribune reported ( ).
"We're identifying places that are good habitat that
 don't have wolverines so we might be able to put
 them there to increase population size," Inman said.
Under the plan, the states will come up with a map
 of wolverine habitat that will be useful for land trust
 organizations working with private landowners on
conservation easements to prevent development.

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