The 100-pound cat was hunted feverishly between the 1700s and 1800s, but could still be seen until the 1930s. By then the population had been so decimated in the 21 eastern states in which it lived, that no further sightings were recorded. It has now been more than 70 years since the last confirmed sighting and though the cat had been put on the endangered species list in 1973, the US Fish and Wildlife Service held off on declaring it extinct until now. One reason for the delay has been the 108 claimed sightings of eastern cougars between 1900 and 2010.I have said before that I am one of those crazy people who believes he saw a cougar in upstate New York. But I accept the fact that more likely I saw a different cat (lynx or bob) or canine. Too bad. I was hoping I wasn't seeing things.
04 March 2011
Eastern cougar is officially extinct
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Posted by Tantalus Prime at 3:20 PM