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Hello Mr. Evans,

Is the statement below accurate?  I try to post accurate information on our Cougar News blog.  If they are expanding their range, do you have evidence of breeding in central Texas?

Thanks for your help.

 

Helen McGinnis

Blog Editor

Cougar Rewilding Foundation

www.cougarrewilding.org

The mountain lion has the widest distribution of any wild cat, from Canada to South America, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In Texas, mountain lions now occur in more counties than they did 10 years ago and appear to be expanding their range into Central Texas from the Trans-Pecos and South Texas brushlands.”

For a map of the generally accepted range of breeding colonies in Texas, visit http://www.easterncougarnet.org/bigpicture.html

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Jonah Evans is a Wildlife Diversity Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

 

Helen,

Thanks for getting in touch. I do not agree with your statement as written. While I would not be surprised to have a cougar turn up in any county in Texas, we do not have any evidence of recent range expansion. However, there is very little data available and we can not say that range expansion is not occurring either. We know we have two, genetically distinct populations (west and south tx) with very little connectivity between.

Regards,

 

Jonah

 

http://haysfreepress.com/2012/04/29/cougar-on-prowl-in-buda-sighting-reported-near-onion-creek/

Location of Buda TX No 2

Hays Free Press

Cougar on prowl in Buda? Sighting reported near Onion Creek

Posted by Wes Ferguson on Apr 29th, 2012

by WES FERGUSON

A local husband and wife say they spotted a mountain lion while driving near Onion Creek in Buda earlier this month.

Read more…

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http://haysfreepress.com/2012/04/23/local-couple-spot-mountain-lion-near-onion-creek-in-buda/

Hays Free Press

Local couple spot mountain lion near Onion Creek in Buda

Posted by Wes Ferguson on Apr 23rd, 2012

A local woman says that she and her husband saw a mountain lion in Buda earlier this month. The large wild cats have been moving into Central Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

 

Read more…

 

On December 28, 2011, a 2-year-old male was killed in Hondo, which west of San Antonio.  The site is just east of the currently accepted range of breeding populations in Texas:

 

http://www.kens5.com/news/Hunter-kills-a-cougar-in-Medina-County-they-say-there-may-be-more-136458178.html

http://www.ksat.com/news/Mountain-lion-killed-on-Hondo-ranch/-/478452/7257876/-/12qgph9z/-/

Location of kill of 2-yr-old male November 2011

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