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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, August 5, 2017

"While Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) are known as specialist hunters of snowshoe hares, they won't pass up the occasional red squirrel, or some other small mammal or bird (the cats will sometimes try their luck with larger prey like caribou, too)".................. Watch the video below(click on link) of a Lynx high in the treetops in Alberta(British Columbia, Canada) using its retractable claws and powerful forelimbs to jump from limb to limb chasing a red squirrel................... "While the wide-pawed Lynx is far more comfortable hunting on snow-covered ground, they will stay the course and pursue squirrels, especially in hare down population cycles"------A 2nd video shows the speed and dexterity of the Lynx(and the hare) as they run their "predator/prey dance" over snow covered ground

Click on link to watch Lynx chasing a red squirrel in the treetops and pursuing snowshoe hare on the ground

Lynx chases squirrel up a tree, plan quickly backfires

Lynx chases squirrel up a tree, plan quickly backfires
BY EARTH TOUCH NEWS APRIL 11 2017We've seen them flawlessly chase down their favourite hopping prey, but when it comes to hunts of the arboreal variety, lynx can look decidedly less graceful. Case in point: this attempt at snatching a squirrel up in the treetops of Drayton Valley in Alberta, Canada.
Lynx pursuing a Red Squirrel high up in adjacent tree(top),,,,,,,,,,,,determining course of action(bottom)

Despite the cat's (rather precarious-looking) leaps between branches, the squirrel easily outmanoeuvres its feline foe (though we can't tell you how things ended once the lynx got those well-padded paws back on solid ground).
3 out of 10 trys results in a snowshoe hare meal for the Lynx..............

Local resident Ken Nicholson, who caught the cat-and-mouse chase on camera after spotting one lynx crossing a rural road, told CBC News that there were actually two individuals, most likely juveniles, in the vicinity. After grabbing his camera, Nicholson heard the animal by the roadside vocalise, and just moments later, he spotted the second cat up in the branches.  
"I've seen a lot of neat things out here but I've never seen anything remotely close to a lynx in a tree. It's a young cat. It was just going about trying to find something to eat the hard way," he said, chalking up the clumsy attempt at dinner to inexperience. 
"They were just young ones trying to find food and obviously they didn't have that much practice at it."
While Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) are known as specialist hunters of snowshoe hares, they won't pass up the occasional red squirrel, or some other small mammal or bird (the cats will sometimes try their luck with larger prey like caribou, too). And while this treetop venture looked pretty clumsy, their retractable claws and powerful forelimbs make lynx efficient climbers. Still, the tuft-eared predators look far more comfortable hunting with all four paws on the snowy ground: 

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