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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 8, 2016

With the discovery of 4 more Puma Kittens in the Santa Susana Mountains near Los Angeles, the wildlife overpass planned for the 101 freeway has got to become a reality if the Greater L.A. basin is to retain a degree of it's historical wildness................For these kittens to grow to adulthood and disperse to find mates as well as those from other Calf regions to be able to come into L.A. and spread new genes, over and underpasses traversing the many highways in the region are a must for long term persistence of this top trophic carnivore

Mountain lion kittens found near Los Angeles are an adorable find

Five kittens were found in two dens in the the Santa Susana Mountains.

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The National Park Service is busy making cat videos.
Researchers from the Park Service found two separate
 litters of mountain lion kittens living in the Santa
Susana Mountains north of Los Angeles. The NPS has
 released videos of the kittens, which the service
tagged as part of a study into how mountain lions
are affected by human infrastructure in and around
 Los Angeles.
The lions appear to be reproducing successfully,
according to wildlife biologist Jeff Sikich, but the
 threats will pile up as the kittens age, he told the 
Los Angeles Times.
About 50 percent of California is considered
 a potential habitat for mountain lions, which
 have come a long way in the last century. 
Considered a threat to animal husbandry 
because of their habit of picking off livestock,
 they were declared a “bountied predator”
 in 1907, with a $20 incentive offered for 
each one killed. In 1919, the state even hired
 a pair of full-time hunters, adding trappers
 and two more hunters to their payroll in 
subsequent decades.One litter has two
 female kittens born to a mother tagged
as P-35. The other litter contains two males
and a female, born to mother P-39. Both
 litters are believed to have the same
father, P-38.
In the 1960s, as protectionist feeling
began to spread among a greater portion
of the public, the bounty program ended,
 and the lions began gaining protections
 that culminated in a moratorium on
hunting them in 1990.
That moratorium, still in effect, has
 helped the population grow from an
estimated 2,000 in the 1970s to between
 4,000 and 6,000 at present, according
 to the California Department of Fish
and Game Services. The lions are not
considered threatened or endangered
 in the state, so while there is no season
on the big cats, about 60 are legally killed
 each year with depredation permits, plus
others killed for posing a threat to humans
 or endangered bighorn sheep.
The National Park Service researchers
who found the new litters say they identified
the father by using GPS tracking data.

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