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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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Monday, October 10, 2016

What if a superior race of beings were in control of our Planet and went about managing how many humans were allowed to exist simply based on population size...........What if this "ruling species arbitrarily decided that 30 million Americans instead of the current 230 million were enough to keep around---with the other 200 million allowed to be hunted, trapped and killed.................A horror most would state!.............Well, for the most part, that is how both the USFW Service and our State Game Agencies approach management of prey animals and carnivores...............Pretty sad to just manage other species numerically when you look at things from this perspective.............As with any sentient intelligent and social creature, culture, not just numbers, must be taken into account in maintaining optimum vibrancy and biodiversity of that species......................As the article about Sperm Whales below states convincingly--------"Species conservation should not be just about numbers. The definition of biodiversity needs to include cultural diversity. All sperm whales around the world are similar genetically. In fact, recent research suggests that all sperm whales may have descended from a single whale some 80,000 years ago".................. "But genetics may not be particularly helpful when conserving populations of cultural whales"............... “Genetic stocks, which we have traditionally used to manage and protect much of the world’s wildlife, simply cannot preserve the diversity of life".................. "Diverse systems are more resilient, and the most important diversity in sperm whales, as in humans, is in their cultural traditions"


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Sunday, October 9, 2016
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