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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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Friday, September 16, 2016

Our friend and Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research founder, Dr. Jonathan Way, published a testimonial called “Blackballed”, which documents in detail the research obstruction that he has experienced trying to study eastern coyotes/coywolves in Massachusetts.............. Jon is the author of two books and over 40 professional publications, currently living and working on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.......................... Yet, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries – the same agency that authorizes an unlimited six month Coyote hunting season for anyone who wants to kill them – has repeatedly obstructed and denied his requests to conduct detailed research on their ecological and dietary habits and interactions with people----The same type research that is currently going on with the NY Gotham Coyote Study, The Los Angeles Urban Coyote Study and the decade plus Chicago Urban Coyote Study........... Jon's testimonial(click on link below to read in full) is timely as government corruption related to pandering to special interests is now capturing headlines more than ever................ State wildlife agencies cater almost exclusively to narrow user groups despite changing demographics of public trust resources, and when Jon’s work as an independent scientist challenged the status quo policy positions within MASS. Wildlife, his career was essentially terminated.............. The attached testimonial is Jon’s “coming out”.............. It’s intended to give readers a specific, informed first-hand account of the power that state agencies wield on obstructing productive field work and discriminating against freedom of speech when scientists challenge their authority and policies

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Jon Way ;
Date: September 15, 2016 at 1:22:08 PM PDT
To: Rick Meril ;
Subject: Fw: Testimonial is published and live....

Hi Rick,

Please visit my websites: (1) Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research ( where you can purchase my books Suburban Howls and My Yellowstone Experience, read peer-reviewed Publications, and support creating a wildlife watching refuge in the town of Barnstable; (2) My Yellowstone Experience which details my experiences viewing the spectacular hydrothermal features, scenery, and wildlife within Yellowstone National Park; and (3) Coywolf which focuses on describing the hybrid origin of eastern coyotes/coywolves.


 Jon with sedated Eastern Coyote(Coywolf)

Jon's books below

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