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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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Sunday, August 14, 2016

From the Native American word "yaguar," meaning "pouncing killer," jaguars are the America's largest feline, the "Grizzly Bear" of Cats in the New World............Prior to Europeans coming to the America's, Jaguars once ranged from San Francisco down the West Coast, through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and across into Florida and the Carolina's...........Today(outside of one or two "Prospectors" from Mexico traversing through Arizona, breeding populations of "Jags" range from Mexico down through Argentina...........While positioned as "ECOTOPIA" by many in the tourism industry, Jaguars are in a freefall in Costa Rica, with perhaps 10-20 of this majestic trophic carnivore still making a living in Corcovado National Park, La Selva Biological Reserve, La Amistad International Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Tortuguero and Cerro de la Muerte............."The last formal estimate of the jaguar population was in 2005"............. "At that time, about 50 of the animals were believed be living on the peninsula according to INOGO, a joint United States-Costa Rica conservation program facilitated by Stanford University.... ..........."Each jaguar requires a large and exclusive range".................. "Female territories vary from 2,500-9,000 acres, while males need much more space – some estimate as high as 96,000 acres"................ "Male territories overlap the ranges of several females, and males will reproduce with several females during mating season"..................Like all of the worlds large carnivores, Jaguars are in decline via habitat loss, illegal hunting and Rancher persecution............. With small litters separated by periods of at least two years, it is difficult for jaguar populations to rebound unless we human animals give them the space they need to go forth and multiply

PURSUITS(click on title
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In Costa Rica,


Jaguars to Help

 Save Them

Conservationists and eco-lodges
 in Costa Rica are using camera "
traps" to record jaguars and assess 
the environment.
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