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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 27, 2013

The Large Carnivore Lab at Washington State University(headed up by Dr. Rob Wielgus) has done some outstanding research on the effects of human hunting on Puma populations. Our friend Helen McGinnis has supplied us with Dr. Wielgus'' outstanding video presentation on this subject...........Click on the link below to watch the full presentation

From: "Helen McGinnis"  
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:56:52 -0500
To: Rick Meril
Subject: Rob Wielgus' presentation on effects of cougar hunting in Washington State


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