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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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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Eastern Wolves (Canis lycaon) in Ontario and Quebec are vulnerable to legal hunting and trapping outside protected regions (especially because they can easily be misidentified as Eastern Coyotes), and they are susceptible to vehicle collisions in areas of high secondary road density (Benson et al., 2014)"............... "Eastern Wolf persistence is further complicated by hybridization with Eastern Coyotes (Canis latrans var.), a pattern that is exacerbated by high rates of human-caused Eastern Wolf mortality (Rutledge et al., 2012; Benson et al., 2014)"................ Once thought to have occurred across southern Ontario and Quebec into the eastern United States, Eastern Wolves are now limited to a small, centralized region in and around Algonquin Provincial Park (APP) in south-central Ontario (Rutledge et al., 2010a,b; Benson et al., 2012a,b)"................. "Their status as a species at risk has recently been re-assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) with a recommended scientific name change from Canis lupus lycaon to Canis lycaon sp. cf. and status change from Special Concern to Threatened (COSEWIC, 2015)"...................... "Although Benson et al. (2012a,b) noted the presence of Eastern Wolves in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park and in wildlife management units (WMUs) west of Algonquin Park, other areas of southern Ontario, including various remote and protected regions, have not been adequately surveyed" ..................."In the eastern USA where Eastern Wolves once roamed, conservation efforts have managed to slow the rate at which mammals are declining".............."However, they have been unable to offset the continuing impacts of human habitat alteration and overexploitation (Hoffmann et al., 2010)"............. "These factors present significant challenges to any natural recolonization by Eastern Wolves into Quebec and the north-eastern United States".................Like in Yellowstone, it appears that there will have to be a human willingness to re-introduce Eastern Wolves into the regions of New England, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and Appalachian spine where prey densities of deer and beaver are substantial and road and human densities are minimal---These areas have already been surveyed by biologists and hundreds of Wolves can make a living in these regions if the political will to make it a reality comes to be

Patchy distribution and low effective population size raise concern for an at-risk top predator




Understanding carnivore distribution is important for management decisions that aim to restore naturally regulated ecosystems and preserve biodiversity. Eastern Wolves, a species at risk in Canada, are centralized in Algonquin Provincial Park and their ability to disperse and establish themselves elsewhere is limited by human-caused mortality associated with hunting, trapping and vehicle collisions. Here, we refine our understanding of Eastern Wolf distribution and provide the first estimates of their effective population size.

The Eastern Wolf
Diversity and Distributions
Southern Ontario and Gatineau Quebec.

location of Eastern Wolves(red circles)

Figure 4.

Eastern Wolf in Algonquin Park

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