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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, February 6, 2017

Prior to this years Deer hunt, Connecticut Wildlife Officials estimated their deer population at about 100,000.............Hunters found it relatively easy to take Deer out of this state's woodlands with 10,500 being either bow or gun shot, up some 1400 from the prior year................So in one of our tiniest states, 10% of a very sizeable deer population is removed by us human animals annually,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The Eastern Coyotes and Black Bears that now occupy every part of Connecticut(perhaps some 2000 of each animal) along with a returning Bobcat and Fisher population are not denting "Bambi".................And as some of you know, Lyme Disease was first documented in Lyme Connecticut,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,So all those crying out for Coyotes and Bears to be hunted with even more vigor are making "false claims" about their negative impact on Deer............Eastern Wolves and Pumas would have to return to Connecticut for some dampening of the deer herd.............And that would be one positive move, with those trophic carnivores simultaneously reducing deer tics in our environament and preventing auto collisions with Deer bolting onto highways and roadways


 Updated 9:44 am, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Hunters harvested more than 10,500 deer in the 2016 hunting season, a more than 1,400 increase from the previous year, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Two Fairfield County towns - Newtown and Ridgefield - made the top 10 list of deer kills, along with New Milford in Litchfield County.
Hunters in Redding, Easton, Wilton and Greenwich harvested more than 100 deer in each of those community. The report also shows major cities like Danbury (with 79), Stamford (43) and Norwalk (15) had deer hunted with their borders. Even Bridgeport had one deer killed by a bow hunter.

Black Bears kill some fawns in Spring, not much else

Bow hunting accounted for nearly half of the 10,570 of deer havested with more than a third killed on private property, according to the data from Sept. 15, 2016 - Jan. 17, 2017.
The latest figures show the fourth consecutive year that bow harvest was the prefered way to hunt deer. It also showed a steady increase in bow hunter on weekends and on Sundays on private land, first permitted in 2015.

 Eastern Coyotes do kill Fawns in Spring and
adult deer, especially in severe Winters, but are
not dampening the deer herd in Connecticut

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