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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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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Down from 30 Wolves in 2004 to just two individuals today, the National Park Service is considering reintroducing as many as 30 new Wolves onto Isle Royale, Michigan, site of the longest running Wolf/Moose study in the World...............With warming weather rarely allowing Lake Superior to freeze in the last dozen Winters, natural Wolf migration from the mainlaind seems to be a thing of the past.............As a result, scientists feel that the burgeoning Moose population might severely alter the and degrade the plant life on the island without their Wolf "dance partners" available to keep their numbers in check.................Check out the pictures released last week of what is thought to be the two lone Wolves on Isle Royale

Isle Royale photos offer unique view of island's last 2 wolves

Brandon Champion-February 9, 2014

Researchers on Isle Royale have discovered evidence of the island's two-wolf pack for the first time in 2017. Photo courtesy of Rolf Peterson

ISLE ROYALE - New images released by researchers on Isle Royale offer up unique views of the last two wolves known to live on the island.
The wolves documented in 2015 are part of the same family, researchers have discovered. The male is now 8. The female, which is the daughter of the male and also his half-sibling, is 6.
The two wolves haven't been confirmed as the two known specimen on the 200-plus square miles of land, but Peterson said it is "very likely."

The photos taken in the first week of February show the wolves from a variety of angles. One image taken from a remote camera is particularly interesting. It shows one of the wolves going about its business and stumbling upon the camera.
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The close-up view of the wolf is obscured by blowing snow caused by high winds. Other images are taken from a survey aircraft and depict the wolves traveling through the interior of the island.
Wolves, along with moose, are the two iconic species of Isle Royale. The once-thriving wolf population is on the brink of disappearing with only the two known wolves remaining on the island.
Officials at Isle Royale National Park are in the process of determining whether or not they will relocate as many as 30 gray wolves to the island to bolster the population.
The National Park Service has drafted an environmental impact report to address the presence of wolves on the island. National Park Service officials are seeking comments from the public on the issue over a 90-day period set to conclude on March 15, 2017.  Public comments can be made here.
National Park Service officials are seeking comments from the public on the issue.

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