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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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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina............... Formal protection of this resource began in 1973, when the Union Camp Corporation (a local forest products company) donated 49,097acres to The Nature Conservancy................ The Nature Conservancy conveyed the donated land to the federal government, which, combined with additionally purchased land, was used to establish the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in 1974...... The refuge currently encompasses over 112,000 acres of this environmentally and biologically important area, roughly 10% of it's original size........... Coyotes and perhaps Red Wolf/ Coyote hybrids occupy this expanse and you can watch a great video below of this carnivore passing right by a black bear without incident(click on COYOTE AND/OR RED WOLF IN THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP to view video)

I was out birding on Hudnell Ditch, and I
scanned down the road with my spotting scope.
 There was a large canine loping down the road
 towards me. Coyote, I thought at first. Only as
 it got closer did I start wondering if it might be
fully or part (hybridized) Red Wolf. What you
don't see in this video clip is that I recorded
him coming closer and closer before he
detected me. This is only the last of the
series of clips that I shot. However, it's the
 best view and the most exciting.

Shot with a Canon PowerShot SD780 IS point-
and-shoot camera (3x zoom) hand-held up to
 the eyepiece of my Kowa TSN 883 Prominar
spotting scope with 30x wide-angle eyepiece.
 (Effective magnification: 30-power X 3-power
 = 90-power)

Also, watch until the end of the clip, there's
 a surprise!!
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Anonymous said...

Wow !

Unknown said...

Not sure why it came up Anonymous ? But
Wow! Again

Craig Lanham
St.Louis, Mo