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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, December 7, 2017

Many of us associate the Wolverine with its fierce, never-say-die disposition, its pound-for-pound strength, tenacity and ability to stand toe-to-toe with the biggest Grizzlies, Wolves and Pumas in North America when claiming a meal............Most of us do not associate the Wolverine with the tender loving care of motherhood,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Below, as you click on the link, you will find mother Wolverine moving her kits from one of her snow den caverns(apparently melting water endangering the kits) to another den that is more safe and secure..........Don't mess with "Mama Wolverine"---She will defend her kits to the death!


Wolverine babies filmed in the wild for the first time

Wolverine babies filmed in the wild for the first time
BY earth touch news; FEBRUARY 29 2016
Wildlife filmmaker Andrew Manske’s five-year mission to track down one of the world's most elusive carnivores hit a high note with a decidedly unintimidating sound: the soft cries of a baby. A baby wolverine, that is.

The squeaks emanating from a den hidden beneath deep snow were the precursor to one seriously adorable wolverine relocation. Manske believes the amazing footage, captured as part of his new documentary Wolverine: Ghost of the Northern Forest, is the first to show a wild wolverine with her kits.

The Canadian cinematographer set his sights on filming the mysterious animals after coming across camera trap footage of them lumbering through the forests of Alberta. What followed was a challenging quest to track down wolverines in their rugged and remote stomping ground – and a series of long and chilly (and often fruitless) stakeouts in wildlife hides.
Although they're widespread across the Northern Hemisphere, wolverines (Gluo gulo) are among its least studied carnivores – and their mostly nocturnal habits and often inaccessible territories make them difficult for both scientists and filmmakers to find.
To help him with his tracking task, Manske reached
out to experts from the The Wolverine Project – the
most wide-ranging study of the animals ever carried
out in North America.

“It was like Christmas morning,” Manske
tells the Edmonton Journal of the excitement of capturing
 his very first footage.
Much like Africa's honey badgers, wolverines are fearsome
 creatures that punch above their weight. They might
 look like small bears with bushy tails, but they're
actually the largest members of the weasel family –
and they come armed with powerful jaws and large
teeth. Although they often scavenge (rumours abound
of clashes with wolves and grizzlies over carcasses),
wolverines are also skilled hunters capable of taking
down surprisingly large prey.

Come breeding season, females excavate dens in the
snow, and each litter is typically made up of two to three
 white-furred kits, which are born blind and will stay with
the mother for some time. Wolverine family dynamics is
 an area that Manske's film project helped shed new light
"We started learning that male wolverines might play a
 bigger role in raising their young," Manske
tells CBC News. The "fatherly" duties caught on camera
included regular visits to the den, as well as some
scent-marking action at the dens to ward off other
You can watch the trailer for Manske's documentary
below (or visit his website for more about his
 wolverine-tracking crusade).

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