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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, April 28, 2016

Chris Spatz of COUGAR REWILDING emailed me the information below about the fact that Pumas are not dire threats to humans when they share the landscape with us................. As our good friend, biologist John Laundre saids: "Pumas are "the safest neighbors" when living around humans,,,,,,,-becoming very habituated to staying out of our way.............This fact is backed up with certainty by "the telemetry data from U.Calif.Santa Cruz's Puma Project, demonstrating how San Francisco area Pumas do their utmost to avoid encounters with us human animals............Scroll down John's note below to discover other sources that you can reference regarding "Refreshing displays of wild felid coexistence disarming the dystopian habituation fantasy"

From: Cougar Rewilding Foundation [] On Behalf Of Cougar Rewilding Foundation
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:45 AM
To: Meril, Rick
Subject: Cougar Habituation



Not Your Beast in 




Judging from social media citations about cougar 
conflicts, there are two entrenched anomalies
 poisoning the public's perception of our coexistence
 with Puma concolor: the unprecedented, 2004 twin
 attacks in a single day by a single cat in Orange 
County, CA, and a habituation theory posed in
 David Baron's sensationally successful Beast
 in the Garden (2003), that cougar recolonization
 of Colorado's Front Range was a plague paradigm 
waiting to happen. It hasn't happened.

Since that January day in 2004, one person has 

been killed by a mountain lion in the U.S., in
rural New Mexico, in 2008. The one long-range,
 peer-reviewed study of the phenomenon 
observed that the number of predation incidents 
- 4-5 every year - is dropping. Meanwhile, 
someone is killed in a vehicle collision with a 
deer in the U.S. at least every other day; 20,000 
are seriously injured annually. Rest assured, if
 cougars were killing 3-4 people a week and 
mauling 20,000 a year, big game militias 
would be building pyramids again with the heads
of the slain marauders.

Telemetry data from research labs like U.C.

 Santa Cruz's Puma Project is revealing
that San Francisco peninsula's suburban 
cougars are habituating all right, habituating
 - as Mattson, Logan and Sweanor suggest
 - to minimize conflicts with us. Sentient 
beings that they are, cougars get smarter
 the longer we share neighborhoods (CRF
 VP John Laundre calls them "the safest 
neighbors"). And let's remember that it's 
the trouble-prone youngsters who move the
 boundaries, adolescents who were on the 
leading edge of recolonization when Front
 Range conflicts spiked in the 90's: primary
 vertebrate population dynamics that never
 get a mention in Beast in the Garden. 
Despite the ghastly predictions, things have 
sure simmered down in the Garden now for 
three habituated generations.

Refreshing displays of wild felid

 coexistence disarming the dystopian 
habituation fantasy are cataloging monthly:

60 Minutes: Mountain Lions of L.A.

National Wildlife Federation's Beth Pratt's

"P-22 Has More Imagination Than I Do" TED Talk.

In the public's worst-case cougar scenario, a

Granada Hills, CA school is lock-downed when
 a cat wanders onto campus. CA Bill 132 
requires wildlife officials and first-responders to 
remove marooned residential cougars with 
non-lethal force. He was tranquilize
d, captured, and released back into the hills.

India's Wandering Lions: Nature's breathtaking

 footage of starlit, communal lion-watching and
 collaborative hunting between subsistence
 farmers and the Gir Forest's last Asian lions.

National Geographic's How Wild Animals are

 Hacking Life in the City.

And Heart of a Lion, Will Stolzenburg's 

acclaimed new book on the young tom who
 trekked 2,000 miles from the Black Hills to 
Connecticut's Gold Coast seeking a mate,
 without harming a human soul.

The Cougar Rewilding Foundation and 

Wildlands Network are supporting Will on
 his book tour through Connecticut &amp
New York. We'll be retracing the intrepid 
cat's (dubbed Walker) fateful final week
 on a memorial Connecticut hike 
celebrating individuals like Walker &
 L.A.'s P-22, and the urban tribe of Puma
 concolor, who are teaching tribe Homo 
sapien daily how to habituate with mountain
Look for the stars of Heart of a Lion, 
Walker & P-22, to shine soon across
 the Big Apple.

Christopher Spatz

Graphics courtesy of the Mountain Lion

 Foundation's Amy Rodrigues

Thank you to Adirondack artist 

Rod McGiver for the use of his Shadows
 image on our masthead.

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