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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, February 13, 2018

Life in the Wild for any canid family during pup and kit season(once annually in the Spring)is a daily array of mom and dad hunting for food, grooming the "kids", letting the kids play and finally, doing all possible to help as many of them as possible survive year 1 to get to adulthood...........The 2nd article below depicts"up close and in person", the "circle of life" for one Red Fox family in upstate NY from April to November...........Not simple for the litter of three to get to their first birthday---Ultimately, one of the three lives to become an adult, typical of "natures way" of sustaining the Fox population while at the same time creating an equilibrium amongst all creatures, carnivore and prey that inhabit a given natural system...........I encourage all of you to also click on the first link below to view a truly beautiul video of another upstate NY Red Fox family over the course of typical "year in the life"


CNY school teacher follows cute red fox family with trail cameras (video)

January 11, 2018

Theresa Groman, a chemisty teacher at Jamesville-DeWitt High in Onondaga County, last year set up a half dozen trail cameras on family-owned property in Sandy Creek so she could follow a red fox family from March to November.

The video includes shots of the fox kits playing, their mother nursing them and their cute actions after their mother (or was it their father?) brought back prey for them to dine on.

In one instance, a coyote came at night and checked out the family's den. The adults reacted by moving everyone to a nearby den -- one where Groman fortunately had another trail camera already set up.


Circle of Life plays out at the entrance of a fox den in Canandaigua, NY (Photos)

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