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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, June 15, 2017

Not only is the Fisher back throughout New England, but it's smaller "weasel-relative", the American Marten is also making a comeback...........A denizen of the Vermont woods up until the 1940's, Martens "blinked out" as we cut down their Forest cover.............With forest recovery occurring over the past 100 years(Vermont now at 75% forest land cover), 115 Maine and New York Martens were reintroduced into the southern Green Mountains around 1990..............While it was uncertain if these "frontiersmen" had bred successfully, the mountain loving Martens recolonized on their own in the Northeast Kingdom section of the state(Martens migrating in from Maine)...........And lo and behold, those transplanted 1990 Maine and NY Martens did in fact have offspring resulting in a current southern Green Mountains colony of Marten...............Although the larger sized Fisher and the smaller Marten both compete for red squirrels in the treetops(climbers, both are), Martens thrive and live underneath deep snow cover(known as subnivean mammals) preying on whatever they can find there, such as moles or mice..........With warming temperatures, Marten could be challenged in the years ahead as snowfall becomes less certain in the Winter





April 2014

The American Marten

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