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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, July 25, 2017

Two videos for you to observe a juvenile(sub-adult) Puma in the Ranch San Antonio Preserve (Santa Cruz Mountains) south of San Francisco, California battling to hold onto and make a kill of a Black-Tail Deer..............Pumas are ambush predators, lying in wait of passing prey to pounce on and make a throat biting, instantaneous, clean kill.................The juvenile Puma in this video is not yet an experienced hunter and he(she) incorrectly has grasped the deer by its nose, on the wrong side of the deers antlers, thus having to battle and tire the deer for a full 10 minutes before being able to switch his(her) bite to the throat so that a kill and a meal is secured................While some of you might feel squeamish viewing this video, know that just as we human animals kill other animals of all sorts for food (via slaughterhouse and gun/rod), so has the Puma/deer-elk predator and prey paradigm played out in natures design for eons, with all three of these creatures being able to thrive at healthy ecosystem maintaining populations.............We seem to be the only predator that has a history of driving other species to extinction via our modern arsenal of weapons, poisons and land altering endeavors

Jogger films Puma(mountain lion's) 15-minute battle with a deer (VIDEO)---click on link to view

Jogger films mountain lion's 15-minute battle with a deer (VIDEO)

When Nickolas Melville set off for a run in the Rancho San Antonio Preserve in northern California earlier this month, he wasn't expecting to stumble upon an intense showdown between a mountain lion and a black-tailed deer.

The sub-adult Puma( in the video) making a kill of a Black-Tailed Deer

The cat had pinned down its prey just a short way off the trail, from where Melville, along with three hikers who were also in the area, was able to watch the battle unfold – and film it. For about 15 minutes, the fully grown buck struggled to free itself from the mountain lion's grip, trashing and swinging its antlers

"I thought maybe deer might escape but kitty was persistent," Melville recalls.
While hikers and joggers are used to seeing plenty of deer in the park, spotting a moutain lion, much less one on the hunt, is rare – though signs dotted along the trails warn that the cats are about.

This is an actual photo of how an experienced adult Puma
ambushes and lands a killing throat kill to a Mule Deer

"After ten minutes, the buck was exhausted with the mountain lion hanging on the muzzle for so long. Eventually, the deer collapsed ... [which is] when finally the mountain lion goes for the throat," Melville writes.
Senior park ranger Chris Barresi told CBS Local that while visitors should always be alert, there's no reason to be overly alarmed. “As far as danger on the trail, be more worried about ticks and snakes than mountain lions.”

And while the urge to get camera-happy when confronted with such an amazing wildlife spectacle might be strong, Barresi advises against it.
“Although you may be very tempted to pull out your camera and start rolling video... we would not recommend standing there watching the cat.”

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