econintersect.com
       
  

FREE NEWSLETTER: Econintersect sends a nightly newsletter highlighting news events of the day, and providing a summary of new articles posted on the website. Econintersect will not sell or pass your email address to others per our privacy policy. You can cancel this subscription at any time by selecting the unsubscribing link in the footer of each email.



posted on 09 August 2016

Adirondack Cougar

Written by

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:

Sorry, cougar believers. The "ghost cat" of the eastern woods is no more.Or at least that's the official word from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has determined after a three-year study that the species of cougar that once prowled from Michigan to Maine to South Carolina is extinct.

As a result, the agency plans to move forward with plans to remove the eastern cougar from the federal endangered species list, officials announced Wednesday.

That conclusion is unlikely to convince the hundreds - perhaps thousands - of Americans who believe they have spotted one of the elusive "big cats" crossing a road, stalking prey in a field or even sunning itself in a backyard in the eastern United States. Maine wildlife officials receive dozens of reports every year.

But after reviewing more than 570 comments from the public on possible sightings, federal biologists determined that any cougars spotted north of Florida were likely captive cats that were released or escaped, western cats migrating eastward or - in most cases - were not mountain lions at all.

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.

catamount captivity

GEI Managing Editor disagrees and has documented observations of the catamount, which are reproduced below.

The Catamount

By John B. Lounsbury

The Catamount most surely lives.
His claw a vicious blemish gives
To Adirondack mountain sides
The famous, open, slashing slides.

The beast remains by man unseen.
But when rain flood comes on the scene,
The cat comes out from hidden lair
To seek a victim for his fare.

His claw digs deep for mountain blood,
The nectar in his thirst for food.
And, when the sun comes out once more,
We see the slide, a brand new score.

On every hike I hope to see,
Behind each rock, in every tree,
A glimpse of the elusive cat
Within his native habitat.

But never once a sighting made,
And hope has long begun to fade
Of ever seeing mountain cat.
It's just his handiwork looked at.

>>>>> Scroll down to view and make comments <<<<<<

Click here for Historical News Post Listing










Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted.  As the internet is a "war zone" of trolls, hackers and spammers - Econintersect must balance its defences against ease of commenting.  We have joined with Livefyre to manage our comment streams.

To comment, using Livefyre just click the "Sign In" button at the top-left corner of the comment box below. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Open ID - or open a Livefyre account using your email address.



You can also comment using Facebook directly using he comment block below.





Econintersect Contributors


search_box

Print this page or create a PDF file of this page
Print Friendly and PDF


The growing use of ad blocking software is creating a shortfall in covering our fixed expenses. Please consider a donation to Econintersect to allow continuing output of quality and balanced financial and economic news and analysis.


Take a look at what is going on inside of Econintersect.com
Main Home
Analysis Blog
Energy and Falling Productivity
Reinhard Selten: Pioneering Analyst of Rationality and Human Behaviour
News Blog
Aging Populations May Mean Lower Economic Growth
Urban Rebound Causes Large Shift In Lower Credit Borrowers To Seek The Outer Suburbs
Infographic Of The Day: How Oil Is Formed
Early Headlines: Japan Needs Fed Hike, Mexico Tanker Ablaze, 1.5C Limit Within 10 Yrs, Africa's Growth Problems, Did US Destroy Syria Truce?, Merkel: No Help For DB And More
Americans Wary Of Drone Delivery
Britain's Wealthiest Households
What Next In The South China Sea
The Dollar - Gold Relationship
Almost Half Of Rape Cases End Without A Conviction
People With 'Obesity Gene' Can Still Lose Weight
The World's Most Generous Countries In 2016
What We Read Today 24 September 2016
Is The Butterfly Effect Real
Investing Blog
The Week Ahead: How Will Election News Impact The Market?
How To Protect Your Money Against Negative Interest Rates
Opinion Blog
There's No Wall Between The Fed And Banco De Mexico
The Setting Sun: Japan Faces Monetary Exhaustion
Precious Metals Blog
War On Cash Turns To $20, $50, And $100 Bills
Live Markets
23Sep2016 Market Close: US Indexes Close Lower As Crude Prices Slip, Fed Lowers Economic Growth Prospects, Indicators Melting Into Bearish Territory
Amazon Books & More






.... and keep up with economic news using our dynamic economic newspapers with the largest international coverage on the internet
Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government



Crowdfunding ....






























 navigate econintersect.com

Blogs

Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day
Weather

Newspapers

Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government
     

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
Digg

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution

Contact

About

  Top Economics Site

Investing.com Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2016 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved