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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

Why are Moose in the Great Lakes Region struggling whereas Moose are returning to New England and New York?

We have a conundrum as it relates to our Great Lakes Moose population, once so vibrant and now seemingly in  severe decline. Simultaneous to this decline is the acceleration of the Moose population in New England and New York State........................Moose have recolonized this region in ever growing
numbers............perhaps 4000 in Vermont alone........................New York, New Hampshire, Maine...................even outside Greenwich and Stanford Connecticut, Moose are being spotted in wooded suburbs!  Our Moose biologists have identified warming temperatures as primary reason for Moose decline in the Upper Midwest. Warm temps allow ticks to breed and multiply--a very harmful bloodsucker of Moose! Simultaneously, the warmth allows whitetail deer to expand their range Northward. Deer carry a brain worm that kills combine the ticks and the worm with the occasional snowy winter(food hard to come by) and you have the perfect storm for Moose decline. What is so fascinating is that these same variables are at play in the Northeast and still the Moose population expands there!.......

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