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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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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Like Wolves, Pumas are strong swimmers and will easily traverse lakes and even fast running rivers like the Mississippi...........Last Sunday, a father and his son witnessed two Pumas swimming across Shasta Lake in Northern California.............Click on the link below to watch the strength and grace of these "cats in the water"


Father and son spot mountain lions swimming across Shasta Lake

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - Kevin Alexander and his son Blake were out fishing on Shasta Lake Sunday afternoon when something caught their eyes.
"We see two things in the water that we had never seen before, so we stopped, turned around for a quick second, and next thing you know we see two large mountain lions swimming across the lake," said Kevin.
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He said the mountain lions swam right by their boat.
"They weren't even intimidated by us at all. They swam right past us and swam all the way across to their side, up the embankment," said Kevin.
11-year-old Blake said he immediately reached for his camera for the rare occasion.
"I was excited. I really wasn't scared because mountain lions really can't get out of the water when they're swimming in the middle of the lake," said Blake.

Shasta Lake is located in Northern California

Location in Shasta County and the state of California
Kevin said that he had seen a mountain lion before, but not in the water.
"To actually see a mountain lion in the water, it caught me by surprise. I just assumed that cats didn't like water. They seem very very comfortable, they were very very strong swimmers, they were moving a lot of ground really quickly," said Kevin.
He also made sure they gave the mountain lions enough space.
"We certainly respect those animals. Even when we got a little bit close, I was asking him to back up because we understand the power of a mountain lion and what they're capable of," said Kevin.
After sharing the videos and pictures they took on Facebook, they became viral overnight.
"I was at school and I was just walking along to class and I walk in and people are like, so about that mountain lion video..and we just started talking about it, and Mr. B just brought the video up in class and we just watched it this morning," said Blake.
It was a memorable experience they'll never forget.

"To see these mountain lions, it's kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was really neat to be able to share that with each other," said Kevin.

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