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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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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Just like with human animals doing the "mating-dance" thing at a bar or club on a Friday night, the female animal,in this case a female Lynx in Alberta, Canada, ultimately chooses who to go home with-----Click on the link below to watch a truly fascinating video depicting the screaming match and "pawing"mating encounter between a male and female Lynx..........Neither one is hurt in this "flirtatious skirmish" with the male being rebuffed as he makes multiple amorous advances toward the female


Grande Prairie photographer captures 'unreal' fight between lynx

"The screaming was just ... chilling"- Amos Wiebe

Andrea Ross, CBC News; 3/26/18

Witnessing dramatic mating quarrel was one of the most amazing experiences of his life, Amos Wiebe says

Male Lynx(below) seeking to mate with female(above),,,,,She
was not receptive to his advances and they scream and paw
at each other

The Female Lynx remaining high up in a tree after male
several male lynx seek to mate with her

Amos Wiebe was driving down a logging road near Grande Prairie on the evening of March 21 when he noticed something in the trees.
GRAND PRARIE, ALBERTA, CANADA(brown shaded region in central western Alberta

The hobby photographer was out looking for owls, but what he saw was somewhat more ferocious: two lynx, chasing each other up a tree.
He slammed on the brakes and decided to get a little closer.
After walking through about four feet of snow for half an hour, he finally reached the tree. By then, the lynx that he figured was a male had walked away.
But he stayed and shot some photos of the female as she remained sitting in the tree. She seemed distracted, staring past his head.
"All of a sudden I heard screaming behind me and then two more lynx came running right about seven to 10 feet behind me," Wiebe said.

a "tree-top" Lynx mating encounter with male(right) seeking
to couple with female(left)

"I had two cans of bear spray and pulled the valves just for safety reasons. They just went running right by me. And the one cruises right back up the tree and starts chasing her again. She's just swinging and screaming, it was pretty wild.
"Those trees were huge and how they just ran up them like there was nothing to it. It kind of puts a fear into you."
As the lynx duked it out around 100 feet above him, Wiebe caught it all on camera. Eventually, the male lynx gingerly stepped down from the tree and walked away with the female that had been following him.
He stayed until dusk watching the remaining female lynx in the tree, then walked back to his truck.
He later posted the photos and video to his Facebook page, Famous Amos Photography.

Male Lynx9below) seeks to make female(above) receptive to
his mating advance

Wiebe, who manages a storage facility in Grande Prairie, doesn't want to say exactly where he spotted the lynx. He wants to ensure they aren't bothered.
He says there have been a lot of rabbits in the Grande Prairie area this year, so he's seen a lot of lynx around.
But this sighting was different — he says witnessing the lovers' quarrel was one of the most amazing experiences of his life.
"They were obviously in heat," he said. "But the screaming was just ... chilling. It was just, make your hair stand on edge. The excitement was just unreal."

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