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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, September 7, 2016

Every so often a logical and ethical decision is reached in favor of rewilding our great USA.............."Yesterday, a Federal Judge decreed that the U.S. government was wrong to exclude portions of five western states when it designated critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx"................ "U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Montana issued an order Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider adding habitat for the wild cats in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho"..............."The judge cited the presence of a reproducing lynx population in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado"............. "Agency officials had earlier concluded that area was “not essential” for the recovery of the species, pointing in part to low population densities of snowshoe hares that lynx eat"............ “The (Fish and Wildlife) Service’s own representations suggest that parts of Colorado constitute suitable critical habitat".............. "Snowshoe hares are certainly present in the southern Rockies at densities “at or near” the level needed to support lynx".............

Judge says US should reconsider habitat for Canada lynx

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