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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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Thursday, January 31, 2013

How does killing more Black Bears in Vermont teach the bears that aren't killed to stay away from human settlements??????????????I When I hear this argument it just does not ring true for me..............You may kill more bears with a longer hunting season(Vermont extending their season by 4 days this year), but I do not think it teaches the bears that stay alive to stay away from people

Vermont takes aim at black bears

By Steve Bottari ;
FAYSTON, Vt. - Vermont's population may be shrinking in terms of people, but that's certainly not the case when it comes to bears. "People know, it's no secret in Vermont we've got a growing bear population. They're showing up everywhere over the state," said Mark Scott, the director of wildlife at Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
Biologists say there are at least 6,000 bears in Vermont-- a number that has doubled in just two decades. More bears mean more bear encounters. From the campus of the University of Vermont to a neighborhood in Essex to a governor who had a "bare" encounter, in multiple senses of the word.
"It was seven feet from the door when I slammed it and I thought, that bear's coming right through," Gov. Peter Shumlin said in April 2012.

As the population has doubled, so, too, have the number of human interactions, the number hit by cars and the number bagged by hunters. And Scott says more of the animals than ever before are living near people.
"Bears can live and thrive well in Vermont as long as they're not living in someone's backyard all the time," Scott said.

To get the black bear numbers down, Fish and Wildlife is making some changes to the upcoming hunting season, trying to force the bears away from people and back into the woods. For hunters that means an extended bear hunting season-- four more days during the November deer season. Also new-- early-season bear hunters will have to get a $5 tag that biologists will use to gather data. The goal is to bag an additional 50-100 bears and to get a better sense of how to handle the increase.

"Hunting is a real deterrent to keep bears wild, keep them away from people," Scott said.
So close encounters with a growing bear population don't become a growing trend.
Despite all these changes, the annual black bear bag limit for a hunter still remains at one. Fish and Wildlife says it is considering raising that limit in the future.

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