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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 21, 2016

Border Walls pose a dilemma for the USA and all Countries seeking to prevent illegal immigration from overwhelming their societies..........Is there a way to block the entry of illegal people into our Country( I am in favor of this) while simultaneously allowing for the movement of animal populations to and fro( I am in favor of this as well)?......................"In Europe, the Croatian-Slovenian border area is currently home to scores of bears that have long roamed freely between the two countries"............... "Of the 10 or 11 wolf packs found in Slovenia, five traditionally have regularly moved across the Slovenian-Croatian boundary where a border fence is now being erected"............... "The threatened lynx also counts as homeland this area that was for centuries a borderless frontier of valleys, hills, and farmland" "Carnivores tend to simply turn away from the fences when encountering them"................ "If a young male bear or a wolf can’t cross the border to mate they will look for a more accessible female on their side of the fence"............... "The result is genetic isolation and inbreeding, a problem already threatening the region’s dwindling lynx population"............... "This can lead to an increase in diseases and unwanted genetic mutations that may ultimately lead to localized extinctions"............. "A 2011 study pointed out that the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border blocks 16 key species from about 75 percent of their habitat"............... "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said that a fence proposed by President-elect Donald Trump would impact 111 endangered species and 108 migratory birds"................ "In Asia, nearly the entire 2,900-mile Chinese-Mongolian border is fenced,impacting species such as the Asiatic wild ass and the Mongolian gazelle"...............Truly a conundrum we face in remaining a sovereign nation governed by the rule of law and not overrun with illegal migrants,,,,,,, while simultaneously optimizing biodiversity in the Americas

posing a threat to wildlife

15 DEC 2016: REPORT

Aimed at Refugees, 

Fences Are

 European Wildlife

by jim o'donnell

STR/AFP/Getty Images
Soldiers set barbed wire fences on the Slovenian-Croatian border in November 2015.

Red Deer Fence
Dejan Kaps
A red deer caught in a fence along the Slovenian-Croatian border.

Puma blocked at USA/Mexican wall

A map showing fences along national borders in Europe and in Asia. ENLARGE.
Photo: Linnell et al 2016

Deer blocked at USA/Mexico wall


Saving Wildlife North

 and South of the 


Border fence, © Matt Clark
A family of javelina trapped at the border fence that cuts across their habitat bordering the USA and Mexico

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