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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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Friday, July 22, 2016

A "FIST BUMP" and a "TIP OF THE HAT" goes out to the Chicago City Council who this past Wednesday passed an Ordinance that makes clear "that the Chicago Animal Control department should leave Coyotes to their own devices unless they appear aggressive or otherwise dangerous"..........Our Friend Stan Gehrt of the long running Chicago Urban Coyote Study testified in front of the Council (with the backing of Alderman Brian Hopkins) depicting how Coyotes serve the city well as an effective control agent of rats, mice and geese--and are of little threat to people...........Way to go guys!!!!!!

Coyotes Get Protection From City Council: 'Leave That Animal Alone'

By Ted Cox | July 20, 2016 11:49a

CITY HALL — Coyotes can breathe a little easier in Chicago — if they get wind of the City Council's actions on Wednesday.

Chicago Coyote with Goose egg

Aldermen signed off on a proposal to make the "default" position of the Department of Animal Care and Control to "leave that animal alone," in the words of lead sponsor Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd).
Hopkins advocated a "coyote management program" that would have had Animal Control steer clear of coyotes. Hopkins cited evidence that coyotes were rarely aggressive, while serving as a predator for rats and geese.

Chicago Coyote in one of the City's Green Belts

The final version passed Wednesday by the Council didn't impose any rules on Animal Control, but made clear the department should leave them to their own devices unless they appear aggressive or otherwise dangerous.

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