Friday, August 28, 2015

The Legend of Mountain Lions

Wall Street Journal - "Eastern Mountain Lions May Be Extinct, but Locals Still See Them"

"“I can’t think of any other animal that has captured the imagination of the public in the way that the Eastern cougar has,” he says.

Cougars do show up in the East now and then. But after studying reports going back decades, wildlife officials concluded these sightings were either Western cougars that wandered east, freed exotic pets or a Florida panther.

Confirmed cougar sightings east of the Mississippi River are “quite rare,” happening perhaps every five years, Mr. McCollough says.

Yet, wildlife agencies in the East receive hundreds of reported sightings of mountain lions each year, particularly claims of black panthers, which have never been authenticated in the U.S., the Fish and Wildlife Service said in its review."

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