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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, August 3, 2016

All "big Cats except Lions and Cheetahs are defined by biologists as Solitary Carninvores who "do not cooperatively raise young, forage, mate or defend resources from competitors or predators".........."Solitary carnivores were thought to interact infrequently".................. "And when interaction occurred, these interactions were thought to be about courtship or territorial disputes".............. We are now getting more and more documentation from the ongoing PANTHERA TETON COUGAR STUDY in Wyoming showing that Pumas(cougars) do interact socially outside of mating encounters............In fact, "a new article just published in Current Zoology states that between May 2012 and March 2015 there were documented 65 Male-Female, 48 Female-Female, and 5 Male-Male interactions among 12 overlapping mountain lions"..............."Sixty percent of the mountain lion interactions occurred over food—a kill made by one of the mountain lions"................. "And contrary to everything we read about mountain lions, kittens were present at 60% of Female-Female and Male-Female interactions at kill sites"........... "There was also recording of three adult pumas feeding together on 5 occasions and as many as 9 pumas at a kill, including youngsters"-----Watch a video when clicking on the link below of a male Puma visiting a Female with kittens---WOW!!!


Solitary Is Not Asocial: Social Interactions Among Mountain Lions

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