The Carnivore Way: All Who Wander Are Not Lost


In 2014, a 20-year-old grizzly bear namedMap by Curtis Edson

For example, in early 2003, a two-year-old male lynx stepped into a trap set in British Columbia to capture individuals for a Colorado lynx reintroduction. Wildlife biologists fastened a GPS collar around his neck and transported him to Colorado’s high country. Soon after being released, he found a mate, eventually siring three litters of kittens. Life was good, but in 2006 something made him feel like roaming. He eventually trekked 2,000 miles to Banff National Park, Alberta, amazingly close to where he was born. His life ended there in another trapline — a lethal one set to legally harvest fur-bearing mammals. Superbly healthy at the time of his death, he set a world record for the greatest-known distance covered by one of his kind. Despite his tragic end, he proved that even in our fractured world, it’s possible for a carnivore to roam widely.

Other carnivores have followed. In February 2008 while doing a marten study near Lake Tahoe, Oregon State University graduate student Katie Moriarty photographed a wolverine with her trail camera. California’s first substantiated wolverine sighting since the 1920s, the grainy image created a furor. Genetically related to Rocky —> Read More Here


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