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Reviewing pics like these from Wellsboro, PA used to be our bread and butter. But 14 years of looking at hundreds of bobcat and housecat photographs reported as cougars, with only one cougar confirmation from Nova Scotia to Mississippi crossing our desks (Greenwich, CT 2011) since 1999, helped us realize the ubiquity of misidentifications. Compare […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Nebraska has a zero-tolerance policy for cougars found wandering into residential areas. NJ trains municipal law and animal control officers to assess and intervene in residential black bear incidents, where euthanasia is the last resort; much like California’s residential cougar management policy. A cougar has yet to be implicated in livestock depredation or menacing a […]

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A certain camp among eastern game agency biologists and professionals argue that the eastern US is too densely populated to support cougars, that cougars require the most remote wilderness areas. They haven’t paid attention to the Santa Monica Mountains of west Los Angeles, which supports about a dozen cougars. Griffith Park east of the Santa […]

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http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120718/METRO/207180396/1361/Cougar-sighting-reported-in-U.P.%E2%80%99s-Marquette-County Cougar sighting reported in U.P.’s Marquette County By Tom Greenwood The Detroit News 3 Comments   A rare daytime photograph of a cougar roaming the woods in the Upper Peninsula is bolstering arguments of wild life experts that the big cats are doing well in Michigan. The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy —a nonprofit organization formed […]

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At this time last year, 20 panthers were known to have died.  The most common causes of death are vehicle strikes and fights with other panthers over territories.  The panthers that die on highways are essentially being “harvested” by vehicles instead of panther hunters.  It’s a shame that some of these cats aren’t relocated to […]

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