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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, March 30, 2011

Alberta, Canada seeking multi-year protection for it's declining Grizzly population and Griz in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountains spanning Northwest Montana and British Columbia might get additional protection through a critical 258 acre wildlife corridor purchase by Environmental Groups

Alberta Wilderness Association calls for 5-year suspension on grizzly bear hunt

CALGARY – The Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is asking the Alberta government to once again suspend the hunting of grizzly bears to protect the threatened species. Alberta's spring grizzly hunt was stopped for three years beginning in 2006 but since that it has been suspended on a year-by-year basis. No decision has been announced for 2011.
AWA is asking the province for the hunt suspension to be extended for a further five years at minimum. "The fact that Alberta even considers hunting its endangered species each year is startling," says Nigel Douglas, AWA conservation specialist.  "Even if the bears get a reprieve this year, it is frustrating to know that this 'Will they? Won't they?' game is going to be played out next year and the year after that and year after that."Grizzly bears were designated as a threatened species in 2010.
AWA says grizzlies in Alberta continue to die at an unsustainable rate due to factors outside of hunting, including motorized vehicle access to their habitat. An estimated 29 bears died in 2010, equalling approximately 4.2 per cent of the total population in Alberta. According to the province's 2010 report, Status of the Alberta Grizzly Bear in Alberta, a 2.8 per cent mortality rate is considered 'sustainable.'AWA says allowing the grizzly hunt will make an already difficult problem even worse.

In brief: Groups seek funds for grizzly habitat

 Conservation groups are trying to raise $1.5 million to secure grizzly migration corridors in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountains. The groups have purchase options on two parcels, totaling 258 acres, near Troy and Noxon, Mont. The parcels were identified as critical grizzly use areas based on wildlife studies and computer modeling done by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project, said Ryan Lutey, lands director for the Vital Ground Foundation, which would manage the lands. Both parcels are located in valley bottoms.
About 35 to 45 grizzly bears are believed to remain in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountains, which span 2,600-square miles in northwest Montana and southern British Columbia. Protecting migration routes will help grizzlies avoid conflicts with people and survive in an era of climate change, Lutey said.
Vital Ground is collaborating with the Alberta-based Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative on the project.

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