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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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Friday, July 31, 2015

It is indeed unfortunate(from my perch), that the majority of humans feel that coyotes (and wild animals generally) don’t really belong in our civilized domain.................The opinion holds that wild animals are an aberration, to be marveled at and then segregated off in what one government authority, after a particularly vivid pursuit, termed an “appropriate wilderness area.........The unspoken(or spoken loudly) commentary we hear is that we (Human animals) live here, you(coyotes) live over there........The great natural history writer and Professor, William Cronon sees it differently----.“We need to discover a common middle ground in which all of these things, from the city to the wilderness, can somehow be encompassed in the word ‘home".....Mark Weckel raised this idea himself when he was discussing the Gotham Coyote Project:......... “I would argue that in our particular period of time, coyotes could actually be more championed as a flagship species for urban environments"............"He pointed to the kinds of words newspapers are using to describe coyotes in New York—invade, unnatural,strange".......... “Those are things that we have to address because if all of a sudden we don’t look at these sightings as unnatural and strange, that means we begin to think of cities and ourselves as part of the larger environment"............... "Urban coyotes might represent an icon to help encourage greater ecological consciousness".


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