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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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Friday, May 11, 2018

“If wolverines have a strategy it’s this: Go hard, and high and steep and never back down. Not even from the biggest grizzly and least of all from the mountain".........."Climb everything ..........…eat everybody, whether alive, dead or long dead---moose, mouse, fox, frog, it’s still warm heart or frozen bones,” writes Doug Chadwick in his book, “The Wolverine Way"............."And how great it is that a recent sighting of a breeding female Wolverine in Washington State indicates the species may be extending their range into the south Cascades"..........“This is showing that Wolverines are able to expand into more of their historic territory, unoccupied since the 1930s"............"Wolverines used to range along the Cascade Crest but today remain exceedingly rare, with perhaps just 25 animals in Washington and only about 250 to 300 in the entire Lower 48"..............."Pound for pound, they are North America's most ferocious carnivore, capable of sniffing out frozen carcasses and tunneling through feet of snow to crack open bones and tear apart even frozen carrion".......... "Their powerful jaws and molars are specially adapted to shear off chunks of rock-hard flesh and bone"............

Wolverines claw their way back: Breeding ‘gluttonous glutton’ found in Washington’s south Cascades

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