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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, March 4, 2017

The the one hour video telecast of LORDS OF NATURE is available for your viewing below..........All that is discussed continually on this blog about how carnivores must be rewilded back into our woodlands, prairies, rivers, oceans, mountains, deserts and chaparral systems is vividly explained in this video.......A Sunday treat for all of us!

Click above link to watch LORDS OF NATURE

Narrated by Peter Coyote

For centuries, humans have feared wolves, cougars and other top predators, driving them to the edge of extinction in our wildlands and prairies. But in recent years, scientists are learning that top predators play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, a critical reminder of the importance of preserving biodiversity.

Shot in high definition, LORDS OF NATURE presents the science behind the findings that the great carnivores are revitalizing forces of nature, and introduces us to people learning to live with the beasts they once banished.

The film follows biologists Bill Ripple and Bob Beschta, two leading pioneers in the quest to decipher the role of great predators in the web of life. Ripple and Beschta have found that without these predators, ecosystems are seriously degraded, and when returned to places like Yellowstone, they have a positive impact, restoring a lost balance.(NOTE THAT FRIEND AND BLOG CONTRIBUTOR, BIOLOGIST JOHN LAUNDRE IS NOT MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO BUT IN FACT ALONG WITH RIPPLE AND BESCHTA IS A CO-AUTHOR OF THE LANDSCAPE OF FEAR PARADIGM, THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE PRINCIPLES REVEALED IN LORDS OF NATURE.

In Yellowstone, the film shows a chain of life flourishing once again since the return of wolves after a 70 year absence -- stream banks cloaked with willow and re-colonized by beavers and songbirds.

Ripple and Beschta’s research echoes a mounting body of evidence that reveals predators are essential to maintaining the diversity of life. But these finding have also raised a critical question: is it possible to incorporate top predators back into societies that once feared them?

To answer that question, LORDS OF NATURE visits with rural ranchers, farmers and wildlife managers who live in the areas where wolves are returning. Among them are two of the largest sheep operators in Idaho and livestock producers in Minnesota, who are finding surprising success in a land running again with wolves.

These success stories provide hope that, with proper technique and a dose of tolerance, people and predators can indeed co-exist.

Lords of Nature Discussion Guide (PDF)

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