posted on 09 August 2016
Written by John Lounsbury
Philip Terrie, an Adirondack and environmental historian, has written a review of a new book: Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk across America, by William Stolzenburg. It recounts the scientifically documented migration of a cougar (mountain lion), born in North Dakota in 2008 and killed by a car in Connecticut in 2011.
In the map above are designated the scientifically documentated locations reached during the big cat's trek. Several locations involved DNA collection which was used to identify the animal killed by a car on the Merrit Parkway in southwestern Connnecticut in June, 2011.
Just months before the fateful day in Connecticut, GEI News had posted an article on the eastern mountain lion:
The Eastern Cougar, also know as the catamount in the northeastern U.S., has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The last documented cougar was trapped and killed in 1938. That animal was mounted and is shown in the accompanying undated photo from MSNBC / MSN. The man in the photo is wildlife biologist Bruce Wright.
The Eastern Cougar is closely related to the Western Mountain Lion and the Florida Panther, according to EasternCougar.org. It has various names throughout the eastern U.S. In addition to the name catamount, it is also known as the puma, mountain lion, panther and painter. The adult cats are up to seven feet long, including tail, and weigh as much as 140 pounds.
The Bangor Daily News reported as follows:
The designation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refers to the catamount in the wild. The Eastern Cougar still lives in captivity. The picture below is of a catamount in captivity in Maine from the Bangor Daily Mail.
GEI Managing Editor disagrees and has documented observations of the catamount, which are reproduced below.
By John B. Lounsbury
The Catamount most surely lives.
The beast remains by man unseen.
His claw digs deep for mountain blood,
On every hike I hope to see,
But never once a sighting made,
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