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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, June 26, 2014

The WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY(WCS) has developed a paradigm through it's accomplishing it's PATH OF THE PRONGHORN success in the Tetons for how conservation groups should approach protecting America's wildlife legacy

How to protect an American wildlife legacy

No one blueprint is guaranteed toachieve conservation success in all cases, the POP(PATH OF THE PRONGHORN)  revealed several key elements that contributed to success. These included:
1. the development of ecological insights and publications to frame issues and establish credibility;
2. a collaboration between WCS and the National Park Service that enabled opportunities and access to other agencies and NGOs;
3. support from energy producers that facilitated meetings with elected officials; and
4. targeted communications and outreach, and engaging county commissioners, ranchers, local and national NGOs, politicians and state and federal agencies.
Berger and Cain also note that a "thick skin" and calm demeanor are invaluable assets and that while science was a critical part of the discovery and ultimate designation of the POP, "human dimensions played a larger role."

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