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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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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Considered the "most successful reintroduction of a large carnivore in history, not just Arkansas and U.S., but the world", Arkansas reintroduced Black Bears into its woodlands in the 1950's and today some 5000 of the bruins call the state home...............Prior to Europeans populating the state, some 50,000 Black Bears lived here........Clearing of the land for farms and housing and overhunting virtually drove the Bears to near extirpation................As Black bears usually mate every other year and are 3 or 4 years old before they mate, heavy persecution of the population can quickly lead to a near total "blink out"..........So it is ironic that Arkansas was long nicknamed THE BEAR STATE, with residents in the 19th and early 20th centuries never dreaming that they could extinguish such a large population.............Whereas State Game Commissions always focus on hunting as the end result of animal rewilding, perhaps one day management of Arkansas Bears will also take into account the desires of hikers, naturalists, campers and even those who do none of these activities.............Additionally and most importantly, this Blog subscribes to the paradigm that carnivore populations self regulate themselves based on their territory requirements and prey populations and should be managed based on the ecological function that they provide our forests, fields and waterways, not solely on the monetary rewards that States derive from selling hunting license fees

Black Bear Population Rising After Near Extinction

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