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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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Sunday, January 31, 2016

So pleased to see that the Wildlife Activist community is actively engaging and getting the support of landowners in North Carolina to continue the Federal re-introduction of Red Wolves in the 5 counties where rewilding has been taking place for the past 30 years ........Like in Mexico and Arizona where the Mexican Wolf reintroduction has had "fits and starts", the Red Wolf Program is barely on life support at this time..............Only 50 of the Wolves exist in the Wild and the Obama Administration is seemingl "looking the other way" as it relates to continuing the program which added new "Red's" to the landscape and simultaneously sterilized and/or removed Coyotes(so as to minimize hybridiation between the two species) ...............Hopefully these landowners will bring new resolve to the Feds to not capitulate to the "shoot, shovel and shut up crowd" who would prefer that Red Wolves leave the planet permanently

Wildlife groups gather local petition supporting red wolf recovery

Wildlife advocacy groups have collected a petition of landowners who support the controversial red wolf recovery program.
In the past, landowners in the five northeastern North Carolina counties where the wolves live overwhelmingly have opposed the program at public meetings. But in this petition, 80 actually support restoration efforts and want the program to continue, said Tara Zuardo, attorney for the Animal Welfare Institute in a news release.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has received the petition, said spokesman Tom MacKenzie.
“We are evaluating their data,” he said.
After years of controversy and litigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in October a study to evaluate – and possibly end – the nearly 30-year effort to restore red wolves to their historic habitat in Dare, Hyde, Washington, Tyrrell and Beaufort counties. A report is expected later this year.
It comes after two years of cutbacks to the program, according to a news release from the Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Endangered Species Coalition. They say the Fish and Wildlife Service has already eliminated the recovery coordinator for the program, stopped reintroducing red wolves, stopped sterilizing and removing coyotes and issued permits to landowners to kill individual red wolves.
Under the 30-year recovery program, the wolf population grew from four pairs introduced in 1987 to more than 100 individuals. Then in 2013, the count fell to under 100 for the first time in more than a decade. The number of red wolves roaming 1.7 million acres in eastern North Carolina could now be as low as 50 animals.
Studies over the years conflict over whether the red wolf is a separate species or a mix between coyotes and gray wolves. Many residents of counties, where the red wolves live, maintain the species has interbred with coyotes. The mixed breed preys on livestock, small pets and on popular game animals such as deer, they say

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