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Bitterroot Witchhunt?

Montana appears to be taking a page from South Dakota and blaming cougars for elk losses. History shows that marginalized young adults seeking their own territory can become moose and elk specialists. Hunters and game agencies seem to believe that deer and elk are raised for the sole purpose of being killed by hunters. As we’ve […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation Press Release May 22, 2012   DNA reveals different origins for Missouri mountain lions Four cougars seen in Missouri came from three states. JEFFERSON CITY–DNA test results show that four mountain lions seen in Missouri last year came from three Western states, illustrating the species’ capacity for long-distance travel. The Missouri […]

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http://www.edmondsun.com/local/x1560864012/Genetic-analysis-from-Minco-mountain-lion-confirms-ties-to-South-Dakota edmundsun.com March 22, 2012 Genetic analysis from ‘Minco mountain lion’ confirms ties to South Dakota Special to The Sun OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recently confirmed origins of the mountain lion struck and killed by a motorist in November 2011 near Minco. Read more…

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See a photo of the dead deer in the second article.   DNA analysis of saliva is another method of determining if a cougar killed an animal in North America.  To the best of our knowledge, it has not been used so far in the Americas.  We in Cougar Rewilding have seen photos of several […]

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With a photo of its track in the snow http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Report-Cougar-passed-through-Lake-George-2123402.php timesunion.com Mountain lion passed through Lake George The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation confirms the wild cougar that journeyed 1,800 miles from South Dakota to Connecticut passed through Lake George in 2010, according to the Adirondack Explorer. Read more…

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“The study results showed that 13 mountain lions — eight males and five females — make up the resident breeding population in Pine Ridge. Two reproducing females were identified. ”   The two reproducing females were identified because DNA analysis identified their offspring. http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/article_58717719-5d46-5e2c-9d73-8e520213d4d1.html JournalStar.com Scat dogs lead first-ever mountain lion survey in Pine Ridge By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln […]

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Erik Bartholomew, Biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, tells us, “As for the disposition of the lion caught in Tulsa:   DNA samples were sent to two separate labs and both have identified the cat as coming from the Rocky Mountains and more specifically the region around the Black Hills of South Dakota.   It is […]

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A necropsy is the same as an autopsy, except that it is performed on an animal.  The stomach contents and teeth will be analyzed.  Also, there will be an isotope analysis of the cat’s bone and hair.  Analyses such as this can provide significant information on where an animal lived and what it ate.  But […]

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