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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 24, 2016

I would love to see several thousand Red Wolves back across the Appalachians alongside Eastern Coyotes...........If enough of the Wolves were in the woods, the likelihood lowers tremendously for hybridizing with the Coyotes as evidenced by the Eastern Wolves(same as Red Wolves) residing in Canada's Algonquin Park.............And if that insertion of Wolves into the system still results in hybridizing with Coyotes, well, we will still have a Eastern Canid that is best equipped to deal with both us human animals and potentially be a more effective deer hunter, something that is truly necessary in our deer bloated East

Organizations rally to keep Red Wolf Recovery Program active

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Citizens and organizations in eastern North Carolina are getting together this week in an effort to keep the Red Wolf Recovery Program active.
According to local conservationists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering abandoning its Red Wolf Recovery Program this fall.
There are fewer than 40 remaining red wolves in the world, which roam eastern North Carolina.

A rally took place in Washington at noon on Tuesday and another is scheduled for Raleigh on Wednesday
The Washington rally was held at Festival Park and featured speakers including Ron Sutherland, conservation scientist, Wildlands Network; Kim Wheeler, executive director, Red Wolf Coalition and Attila Nemecz, president of Pamlico Albemarle Wildlife Conservationists.
Wolf experts were on hand for family-friendly, educational activities during and after the speakers.
The rallies are a collaboration of the Red Wolf Coalition, the Wildlands Network, the Endangered Species Coalition, North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the Center for Biological Diversity.
“It’s simply jaw-dropping that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is consciously deciding whether to issue a death sentence – knowingly allowing a species found only in the United States to go extinct,” said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “The red wolf has been one of our greatest wildlife success stories and could be again.”

“If the Fish and Wildlife Service pulls the wolves out of our area, it will stick them in zoos and we may never see wild wolves in North Carolina again,” said Attila Nemecz, president of Pamlico Albemarle Wildlife Conservationists. “This would destroy 30 years of ground-breaking conservation work that the agency and its partners have carried out. There are only five counties in all of the South where you can hear wolves howling. It is our responsibility as residents of the recovery area to keep these creatures wild.”
Click here for details on the Washington rally.
Click here for details on the Raleigh rally.

The red wolf is one of the most endangered species in the world, and can only be found in the wild in North Carolina. In 1987 red wolves were reintroduced into eastern North Carolina. From an initial 14 wolves, the population grew to 130 individuals by 2006. By 2012 the red wolf population had shrunk to 90 to 100 individuals, in part due to wolves being shot during coyote hunts. A 2014 injunction on coyote hunting dramatically reduced shooting deaths, but the Service's authorization of private landowners to capture and kill red wolves has become a primary concern in recent years.

Nearly 500,000 red wolf supporters signed a petition delivered last month to the Fish and Wildlife Service calling on the agency to continue to work to recover the dwindling red wolf population. Now, with only a reported 45 red wolves left in the wild, the Service is expected to make an announcement in the fall on whether it will continue the three-decade old red wolf recovery program.
You can find more information on the planned rally 

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