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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, May 11, 2016

Recognizing that more and more biologists feel that both the Gray Wolf and the Eastern Wolf historicially occupied parts of Eastern North America, the NY Wolf Conservation Center is putting on an EDUCATION SUMMIT come June 13 - 14 in Mt. Kisco, New York at the Holiday Inn. ........Scientists and state wildlife representatives will discuss how to build consensus about Eastern wolf recovery and design a preliminary framework that explores the implementation of an endangered species policy in the region for this distinct Wolf species

NY Wolf Conservation Center to Host Eastern Wolf Education Summit in June


Wolf Conservation Center to host two day Eastern Wolf Education Summit - a collaborative effort that will explore the vision of and potential for the recovery of the Eastern wolf in Northeast USA.
The return of the Eastern wolf can reflect a more fully functional and wild ecosystem in North America, with wolves fulfilling dynamic and evolving ecological functions in the changing environments that now comprise the region. By mutually focusing on the ecosystem and the species, there is potential to explore the return of this top predator and its benefits to the changing ecosystems that depend on top-down regulation.
This year, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended that the Minister of Environment up list Eastern wolves to the status of “Threatened.” Under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), this change in their legal status would require the release of a ‘recovery strategy’ within 2 years.

In recognition of this development, the conservation community in the lower 48, especially those in the Northeast USA, has become increasingly aware of the potential recolonization of this species in our region. By mutually focusing on the species as well as ecosystems, there is potential to explore the natural recovery of this top predator and its benefits to the changing ecosystems that depend on top-down regulation.
The Wolf Conservation Center invites all constituents of the Northeast region and beyond to attend a two-part summit June 13 - 14 in Mt. Kisco, New York at the Holiday Inn. The Summit will comprise two parts: 
Part 1: A working session between s
Part 2: A town hall meeting whereby interested constituent groups and individuals will be encouraged to ask questions and express comments about the conclusions and recommendations of the working group as a result of their collaboration.
» View the Summit Agenda - HERE
» View the Summit Schedule - HERE
Registration and information is available here
About the Wolf Conservation Center
The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World. For more information, please visit

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