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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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Saturday, December 30, 2017

There are an estimated 100,000 Whitetail Deer in New Hampshire according to N.H. Fish & Game............The 20 year historical number of Deer shot or bowed by hunters is about 11,000(11% of population)..............This year, the number of deer killed by hunters jumped to 12,269(12% of the population), the 2nd largest tally of "kills" over the past decade...............So even with 3000-5000 Eastern Coyotes(or as biologist Jon Way saids-Coywolves) and some 4500-5000 Black Bears in the N.H. woods, Deer are thriving................This should be very reinforcing to all who know that Eastern Coyotes are not the prolific deer eaters that Eastern Wolves are,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and that even with the Coyotes and Bears opportunistically dining on fawns during the first weeks of their birth in the Spring, this "dynamic carnivore duo" while doing its ecosystem services function of deer predation, is not dampening the Granite State's hoofed browser population..............I would love to see the day when Pumas and Eastern Wolves join the N.H. carnivore suite,,,,,,,,,,,Then, we would get to see how healthy the quintet of man, Coyote, Bear, Wolf and Puma could make New Hampshire woodlands, bringing down the number of deer per square mile from 15-45 to a biodiversity optimum 5-10 per square mile..............That reduced deer density would result in an optimum number of plant species reclaiming their former haunts, likely increasing ground nesting bird and small mammal/reptile/amphibian numbers via increased hroizontal tangle(e.g. hiding places for these creatures)

2017 NH Hunting Report: Deer harvest up, bear harvest down

Deer Hunt

The unofficial deer harvest for New Hampshire’s 2017 hunting season was 12,269. This take was up 15 percent from the 2016 final harvest of 10,675 and is 13 percent above the 20-year average of 10,934. Based on this estimate, the 2017 total represents the second highest number of deer taken in the last nine years.  Deer hunting seasons are now closed in the state.

“With over 12,000 deer taken by hunters, it has been another very good season in New Hampshire,” said Dan Bergeron, NH Fish and Game’s deer biologist. He noted that the physical condition of deer was good again this year, and that quite a few very large bucks were again harvested throughout the state. “This season’s estimated total harvest ranks among the top five total harvests going back 96 years to 1922!”

Eastern Coyotes and Black Bears are existing in harmony with Whitetail deer,
barely denting the deer population in N.H.

The unofficial deer harvest for New Hampshire’s 2017 season by county, with comparisons to previous years, may be viewed here. Official harvest numbers will be made available after all deer registration data are entered and verified.

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