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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 4, 2017

Suggeting that Blog readers take a look at the Carnivore Hunting BaPetition for the Cape Cod National Seashore that can be referenced by clicking on the link in the body of this Post------"We request that Cape Cod National Seashore (CACO) follow the December 2014 petition to ban carnivore hunting within the park and to shorten hunting seasons for game species such as deer, turkeys, and rabbits"....................... "There is no biological or ecological reason to continue to allow hunting within a national park unit and we suggest that park managers have an obligation to adhere to best science (indicating the ecological importance of carnivores) and not to listen to special interest such as hunting agencies"

Subject: Carnivore Hunting Ban Petition for Cape Cod National Seashore

Dear Colleagues/Friends,
            I thought you would be most interested in this petition to ban carnivore hunting at Cape Cod National Seashore: 


 It is due time that the park service treats this area like the national 
park that it is and for more people in the East to have a chance to experience a national park setting without having to travel out west. 

This follows our attempts back in December 2014, of which many of you signed on to, to get the ban enacted (see attached). We are hoping that we can gather 1000s of signatures and that you might not only sign on but also forward this petition to your networks and help us recruit many other signers to force Seashore staff to recognize this important area and give it the proper protections it 
deserves. This is a great situation where someone can feel empowered in making a difference by singing on to a document that has a chance of achieving its intended goals.
            Many thanks in advance,

Make Cape Cod National Seashore a True National Park: Ban Carnivore Killing

"A man may stand there and put all America behind him." Henry David Thoreau

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.

The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy,[3][4] encompasses 43,607 acres (68.1 sq mi; 176.5 km2)[1] onCape Cod, in Massachusetts. It includes ponds, woods and beachfront of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion. The CCNS includes nearly 40 miles (64 km) of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod, in the towns of ProvincetownTruroWellfleetEasthamOrleans and Chatham. It is administered by the National Park Service.

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