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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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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Fisher is returning to the Mid Atlantic States

While the Fisher is struggling to maintain its historic population in our Rocky Mountain West and California, this ferocious little predator is expanding it's range up and down our Eastern Appalachian Mountain spine. The only animal that can successfully prey on porcupines, this "climbing cat", a member of our weasel family, is tenaciously beginning to re-occupy maturing woodlands in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and now even heavily urbanized New Jersey.  Able to successfully prey on small rodents, birds eggs and "porkies", the Fisher is a meso-predator that has an active role in maintaing the health and vitality of our woodlands. Welcome back Fisher-Cat.............the "Garden State" is a better place due to your presence!

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