Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared
the eastern cougar extinct.-
In 2007, the UWFWS began a review of trail cameras,
eyewitness accounts and road kill reports. They are
confident that the eastern cougar is extinct. The last
confirmed sighting was 70 years ago in Maine.
"Our ecosystems are collapsing up and down the East Coast, and they're collapsing because we have too many white-tailed deer," said Christopher Spatz. "Our forests are not being permitted to regenerate."
Some experts think the western cougar will eventually move east to fill in the gap. Others would like to see wolves and cougars reintroduced to the area now, but expect it would meet opposition.
Spatz said predators like cougars and wolves would naturally thin the deer herd. They would become "natural shepherds," by forcing deer to be more careful and "stop browsing like cattle."
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