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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, December 14, 2016

As a good friend of mine said to me yesterday, "here's hoping" that Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana as Secrretary of the Interior will adhere to his standing philosophy on keeping our Public lands, public.....................And here's hoping that Don Trump jr. conveys to his dad that both predator and prey animals both belong on those Publc Lands in large enough populations to fulfill their ecosystem performing functions..............Thus, allowing the lands to maintain their optimum biodiversity

Trump's son involved in Interior secretary hunt: report

Trump's son involved in Interior secretary hunt: report

President-elect Donald Trump’s eldest son directly participated in the search for his Interior secretary, Politico reported Wednesday.
Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to lead the Interior Department.


Donald Trump Jr

We interviewed Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and he shared thoughts about what the Trump administration means for the outdoor community.

I’ll always remember where I was when I learned I was going to interview not only one of the foremost outdoorsmen in the United States, but also the son of the next president of the United States. Leading up to the phone call, it was hard to not let my nerves get the better of me, but knowing how much of an outdoorsman that Donald Trump Jr. is, I took comfort in the fact that we had some equal footing to share.
Questioning him on what a Trump administration means to outdoorsmen was somewhat intense. However, Trump Jr. could not have been more friendly, accommodating, and forthcoming with his responses. By the end of the phone call, it was hard to not feel like he was a long lost friend.
We got straight to the heart of some of the bigger debates, right alongside some good old-fashioned hunting talk.
Wide Open Spaces: Your father has said several times he is going to save the Second Amendment. Can you clarify exactly what he means by that? What are his plans? 
Donald Trump Jr.: As we’ve seen, there’s been a constant chipping away. It’s been a death by one thousand cuts. One morning we’re going to wake up and realize there’s just nothing left. Many current laws are so stupid. We are preventing law abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves. The only people who actually follow these ridiculous rules are only the people who actually play by them. If you are a criminal, by definition, you are already not going to follow the law. We are going to stop this chipping away.
This is the Second Amendment. It’s not like it was an afterthought. After Freedom of Speech and Religion, it was the first thing. It’s been all about making it more difficult. The biggest problem is the people out there trying to take this stuff away; it’s all they’re doing. Their hobby is trying to stop you. It’s trying to stop you from getting your kids into it. It’s time we get vocal. A big part of me being out there with outdoorsmen is that it’s not just about this election. It’s about future elections. We have to show politicians that hunters and outdoorsmen will get out there and vote.

donald trump jr hunting
Donald Trump Jr tagged this gobbler on April 28, less than 12 hours after joining his father on stage at the Indianapolis rally. For Don Jr, two of the most important things in life are family and hunting.

Where does the Trump Administration stand on making concealed carry legal across all state lines? 
How many crimes are committed by people with valid concealed carry permits? They are not the ones committing crimes. It’s just a fact. Registered and legal handguns are not the guns being used in crimes. We are all for reciprocity and making it available for all Americans.
What is going on with keeping public lands public? We have been hearing different things lately, can you set things straight on what the Trump team plans to do?
The platform is we have to keep public lands public. Utah has done a great job with state land. Other states have not. The typical Republican platform has been to transfer that land to the states. The problem is some of these states would just sell this land to people and then you have a private hunting reserve. If know you have to drive three hours to go hunting, you may not do it anymore. It doesn’t really matter if the state has it or the government has it, so long as that land stays truly public and the access stay open to everyone.
Some guy on our campaign that I don’t even know said something about selling land outside of Las Vegas. I don’t know this guy, we heard about it from others. Maybe that makes sense in certain circumstances, but our policy is to keep wild lands wild and accessible. Wild lands that are inaccessible does not help the outdoorsman’s cause. makes several comparisons between Donald Trump Sr. and Teddy Roosevelt. Why should outdoorsmen of America support a Trump administration? 
We are going to make sure these things are taken care of. The big joke at Christmas this year was that the only job in government that I would want is with the Department of Interior. I understand these issues. It’s something I’m passionate about. I will be the very loud voice about these issues in my father’s ear. No one gets it more than us. Despite what any of the other candidates may say, none of them actually lived that lifestyle. They’ll show up for a hunting photo op, I’ve done those too, but I’d also been hunting for the past week in Iowa beforehand.
We are going to make sure our issues are taken care of. We are going to take care of our lands. Even with the federal lands, they haven’t been managed, they haven’t been taken care of, and they’ve been beaten up and abused. There’s something to be said about industry on these lands, but there are cases where we can have it both ways. Look at Utah. You can have it all in some cases. You just need someone with common sense that actually knows the issues instead of looking for the soundbite and leaving.
We are going to be about making sure that Americans can get out and enjoy hunting and streams. These are all our woods and waters. It belongs to all of us and we all have to be able to access it.

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