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It's something that many of us haven't grown up with. The bears aren't the only ones. Bobcats, gray wolves and mountain lions are among the predators that are expanding into Midwest territory they have not inhabited in years.
However, while the sightings of gray wolves, black bears and mountain lions have been on the rise in Iowa and Illinois in the past 10 years, this does not mean that these animals are living in the states. Dufford told the Telegraph Herald that established breeding pairs for black bears and gray wolves have been recorded in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
While confirmed breeding pairs of these animals have been trending southward, none have been reported in Iowa or Illinois. If a black bear, gray wolf or mountain lion is spotted in Iowa, that animal's presence is often the result of it being driven out of its usual territory during mating season.
And with the growing population, many younger black bears, gray wolves and mountain lions are forced out to make room for cubs. As the populations grow, the Luney Tune - Alice Cooper - Schools Out of them spotted in Iowa and Illinois increases as well.
The question then is if these predator species will ever re-establish themselves in states such as Iowa and Illinois. Evelsizer said the answer is different for each species. Bobcats have come a long way in Iowa. They were still considered an endangered species in the state inbut bythe population had grown to the point that limited hunting started Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport be Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport. The Iowa DNR Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport hunting for bobcats in areas where their populations have reached adequate levels — primarily in the southern third of the state.
As the bobcat population continues Iowa grow, Evelsizer said, hunting is expected to be expanded to numerous other counties. Jackson County is one of the more recent areas under consideration.
This past winter marked the fourth in which statewide hunting of bobcats was allowed in Wisconsin, due to the growing population. Bobcat hunting has been allowed in parts of Illinois for the Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport two winters. During the recently concluded hunting and trapping season, six of the animals were killed in Jo Daviess County. Officials estimate there are 12, to 15, black bears in Minnesota — mainly in the state's northern third — and about 29, in Wisconsin.
The latter state has seen significant growth over the past three decades, as the bear population in was estimated to be about 9, The animal used to be isolated to areas of northern Wisconsin, but it recently has started expanding southward.
Evelsizer Iowa it is unknown if black bears will start breeding in Iowa, but he believes that it Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport likely. He said wooded areas along the Mississippi River could sustain the bears' expansion southward.
Jim Jansen, northeast Iowa wildlife supervisor for the Iowa DNR, said the That Aint Right - Non-Prophets - Hope bear presence has been steadily Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport in this part of the state.
But adapting to the environment has been a challenge. However, Evelsizer said he is optimistic in the black bear population's ability to establish itself in Iowa. That's a really interesting thought.
For the gray wolf, the future is more uncertain. It is on the federal endangered species list. In the spring ofthe gray wolf population in Wisconsin was aboutaccording to the state DNR. Dufford said gray wolves are establishing themselves increasingly southward from northern and central Wisconsin, with a wolf pack being identified as far south as a few miles north of Beloit, which sits on the state's border with Illinois.
While the number of wolves wandering into Illinois has increased over the years, Dufford said it is uncertain whether they will call that state home soon.
The primary challenge is suitable habitat. Dufford said only about 14 percent of the land in Illinois is habitable Bishs Hideaway - Stephen Bishop - Bish wolves.
Evelsizer said that wolves, more so than black bears, require much larger expanses of wooded land in order to establish themselves — something Iowa and Illinois have little of.
However, while Evelsizer said it seems unlikely wolves will move to re-establish themselves in Iowa, he noted that their current southward expansion is already going against preconceptions of wolf behavior.
Dufford said he believes the wolves could establish themselves in Illinois, although he noted that it would take many decades. Although the species has seen an expansion from South Dakota into Nebraska, the possibility of a mating pair Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport itself in Iowa seems unlikely.
Just a handful of mountain-lion kills have been recorded in the state, and many Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport who report seeing mountain lions actually have seen bobcats.
However, Dufford said mountain lions Iowa capable of traveling great distances from their original breeding grounds, which has led to many of them wandering into Illinois and Wisconsin and even farther.
Regardless of whether these animals establish themselves in other states, Evelsizer emphasized that their presence in the Midwest is expected to become more prominent as their populations continue to increase and more younger animals are forced to wander during mating season. That increased presence throughout the tri-states most likely will have a positive effect on nature, according to Evelsizer.
This could impact the populations of several mammal species, including deer and rabbits. Also potentially impacted? An animal that has been the dominant predator in some Iowa — the coyote. They eat a lot of smaller prey animals — rodents, rabbits, stuff like that.
Things that the wolf does not prefer or the Creatures - Quiet Bears - Live In Davenport does not prefer," Evelsizer said. Since they are not the kings anymore, they are expected to be impacted in some way. That could lead to fewer coyotes, although Evelsizer noted there is a reason the animals have continued to thrive when other predators did not.
Humans can hunt them the entire year, and they still are doing fine. All of the experts with the DNR stressed that these predators are solitary animals that generally avoid human contact.
Evelsizer said people in rural areas are only slightly more likely to have direct contact with these predators, although the chances are still low.
He noted that such animals can become pests. Black bears in particular, he said, are likely to be an annoyance. Black bears even have been recorded going onto farmland and eating crops. While rare, farmers might need to contend with livestock depredation as some wandering wolves or mountain lions might target cows. Dufford said part of his job is to inform farmers of the rising presence of large predators and how to prepare for them. He stressed that an occurrence like livestock depredation is rare.
Geneva Pomerening said there is the occasional black bear sighting in the fields on her farm in southern Crawford County, Wisconsin. Jim Steiger, owner of Rolling S Farms Iowa Bagley, Wisconsin, said he has spotted a wolf on his farm before and occasionally stumbles upon tracks, but that the animals have never caused any trouble.
Evelsizer said he believes the success of these animals' increasing spread will partially be determined by the willingness of humans to accept them. While some might see them as a pest, he hopes that the general population welcomes their re-emergence.
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