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WSU’s Large Carnivore Conservation Lab is at the cutting edge of proving how predator populations police themselves. How sport hunting quotas that exceed reproduction rates lead to increased conflicts by removing the breeding adults that keep order, research we continue to submit to state agencies stuck in 19th-century fantasies of predator management. Heres’ the Lab’s […]

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Washington State University’s Large Carnivore Conservation Lab has provided 15 years of research on cougar social dynamics. As we’ve pointed out previously, their results have demonstrated how sport hunting (which tends to target ordering big toms) shreds the cougar’s social network and increases conflicts with pets, livestock and us. The conclusion to this video, which […]

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We speak often of how incidental cougar evidence like this series of pics of a cougar taking a fawn occur regularly wherever cougars roam, even in the lowest densities. Last fall one cat wearing a radio collar tripped a half-dozen cams as it made its way across northern Wisconsin into the Upper Peninsula. Yet random […]

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http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2012/mar/08/cougar-gets-a-little-too-cozy-officers-euthanize/ The Wenatchee World Cougar gets a little too cozy By K.C. Mehaffey World staff writer   State Department of Fish and Wildlife trapped and collared this mother cougar outside a residence on Frost Road, just off the Twisp River Road, on Feb. 6. Three weeks later, she pulled a dead deer under a porch […]

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When cougars are confirmed in the Midwest or the East (for example, see the recent post on Quebec), reports of assumed cougar attacks on horses often follow.  But in the West, cougars almost never attack adult horses.  They would risk severe injuries or even death attacking a huge animal weighing ten times more than themselves.  […]

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“Cougars are not rare in Sudden Valley given the community’s little ravines and wooded areas coupled with plenty of deer, according to Jones.’That area is absolutely loaded with deer,’ he said, describing the habitat as phenomenal.” http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/09/05/1811006/cougar-trapped-and-removed-from.html The News Tribune Cougar trapped and removed from Sudden Valley KIE RELYEA; THE BELLINGHAM HERALD SUDDEN VALLEY – […]

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014497150_cougar15.html The Seattle Times Eastern cougar formally declared extinct It’s official: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the eastern cougar is extinct. By MORGAN SIMMONS Scripps Howard News Service For decades, many have believed the eastern cougar to be extinct. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made it official. During a recent […]

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Two cougars wandered into urban areas recently.  One became a celebrity; the other tragically died in a hail of bullets!  It seems people in the Midwest and East have a lot to learn from their fellow citizens to the West about tolerance and respect for cougars!  The celebrity story shows that cougars can make good neighbors, being less […]

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