Since our previous post on the subject, we received a gracious response to our hunting proposal questions from Sam Wilson at Nebraska Game and Parks, including a clarification of the number of cougars killed in Nebraska for reasons of threat and safety: 19 since 1999. Most of those were cougars wandering into residential neighborhoods, where […]
Category Archive for 'Recolonization'
Our former intern, current Facebook moderator, and graduate student, Julia Smith, offers her contribution to Midwest carnivore recovery. Congratulations, Julia! Julia-B-Smith-thesis-final1.pdf
We wish we could bless the release this week of two captive-reared panthers into the wild. However, releasing a pair of captive-raised two-year olds into a system at carrying capacity, unequipped for the territorial fights – especially the male – that take so many young cats in South Florida, might be a virtual death-sentence. Letting […]
The first female cougar has been documented east of the Nebraska Pine Ridge population, along the Niobrora River Valley, part of which is managed by the US Park Service and the USFWS. As Nebraska considers its first hunt, the feds have an obligation to ensure that any nascent breeding cougar populations are protected. NEBRASKAlandMAGAZINE.com LINCOLN, […]
Evidence perhaps that the Connecticut cat toured Rhode Island; Mark McCollough of the USFWS emphasizes the absence of dispersing females (and, therefore, no evidence of breeding), a development the Cougar Rewilding Foundation was the first to report in 2012. Without females, further natural recolonization east of the Rockies is a pipe dream; why restorations are […]
This is the third cat killed outside the Prairie source colonies in 2012, and the third killed in Nebraska within the last month. By this time in 2011, there were 8 such mortalities. CRF has predicted that Prairie/Midwest confirmations/mortalities will be severely reduced as the Dakota populations are systematically gutted, wiping out the chances for […]