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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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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

" A new study published last week in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment found that there's little scientific evidence that killing predators actually accomplishes the goal of protecting livestock"...............We have continually reported on:what Adrian Treves (conservation biologist-University of Wisconsin) research reveals------- "That hunting older males—be they cougars, wolves, or black bears—tends to lead to more predation(on livestock) because those (older and more experienced) males keep out the youngsters, which are more aggressive".............. "Lethal methods tend to be more risky for livestock and therefore for livestock owners than nonlethal methods," Treves says.................."He wants the findings to prompt governments and hunters to stop shooting, trapping, and using other methods to kill problem predators"............Doug Smith who heads up Wolf research at Yellowstone National Park reinforces Treves findings saying "that a move away from killing predators would require a culture shift among ranchers, who often jump to lethal predator control because it offers a quick and easy fix with short-term results".................. “People are instant gratification creatures"............. “A lot of ranchers are very comfortable with that model"

The Case for Mass Slaughter

 of Predators Just Got Weaker

A new study found that there’s little evidence that
 lethal predator control does anything to help ranchers

Rancher killed Coyotes

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