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US scientists celebrate return of the cougar to the American midwest
The Guardian ^ | Thursday 14 June 2012 | Karen McVeigh

Posted on 06/14/2012 9:28:47 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Cougar in Montana: conservation strategies helped avoid extinction. Cougars are recolonising the mid-western United States, according to scientists, reversing 100 years of decline. The population of big cats, also known as American mountain lions, has rocketed in these states, from less than a hundred in 1990 to about 30,000 today.

Michelle LaRue from the University of Minnesota said that the midwest population of cougars had been "effectively zero" two decades ago. "That's why this is so exciting," she said. "We have hard evidence that the western population has spread."

The population of cougars declined substantially from about 1900, victims of hunting and a lack of suitable prey. Once considered a "bounty predator" and hunted to near extinction locally, cougars are now protected by law.

Three established breeding populations now exist in the upper midwest, in North Dakota, the Black Hills in South Dakota, and Nebraska, said LaRue, but cougars have been venturing far outside this range.

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1 posted on 06/14/2012 9:28:49 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Buff boys are sort’a lookin’ forward to the return, also.


2 posted on 06/14/2012 9:30:52 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Last year one was photographed on a deer hunter’s camera in eastern Oklahoma.


3 posted on 06/14/2012 9:31:15 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: MinorityRepublican

I thought Ford did away with the Mercury line.


4 posted on 06/14/2012 9:33:06 AM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: MinorityRepublican

I have no problems with cougars wanting to spread more, none at all!


5 posted on 06/14/2012 9:35:16 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I saw quite a nice cougar at the Texas Roadhouse yesterday.

She was friendly, too.


6 posted on 06/14/2012 9:35:50 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: MinorityRepublican

7 posted on 06/14/2012 9:36:17 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: ops33

I remember that photo. It was behind him.


8 posted on 06/14/2012 9:36:47 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: knarf

Brings to mind an old Smothers Brothers routine!


9 posted on 06/14/2012 9:36:51 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Wait till they start eatin’ people. The people will be blamed.


10 posted on 06/14/2012 9:40:01 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

They’re breeding here in southern Michigan as well.


11 posted on 06/14/2012 9:41:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Mountainlions are elusive animals. I see tracks in the yard form them but have never seen one here. Some would say there were none here because they never saw them. But then again there are those that hallucinate spotted owls where timber companies have leases.
12 posted on 06/14/2012 9:43:12 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: cripplecreek

Bobcats have been sighted, too. Near the Ohio/Michigan border near Toledo.


13 posted on 06/14/2012 9:44:28 AM PDT by madison10
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To: MinorityRepublican

When I think of myself as a young boy exploring the rivers and woods out in the country in Kansas back in the 50s, unarmed and absolutely certain of my safety when it came to the wildlife, it makes me sad to think kids nowadays won’t have that same experience.


14 posted on 06/14/2012 9:45:09 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: MinorityRepublican

There is a breeding population of mountain lions in west Texas. I have seen them on our property.

In Texas, there is a year around open season on mountain lions, but many hunters choose not to shoot them.

One really good thing about mountain lions, they eliminate some of the feral hogs, of which we have too many.


15 posted on 06/14/2012 9:49:20 AM PDT by LOC1 (Let's pick the best, not settle for a compromise.)
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To: cripplecreek
They’re breeding here in southern Michigan as well.

There are said to be sightings up in the Cadillac area. The last time I was visiting up there I swear I saw a HUGE (HUGH) cat in the yard across the street (small village near the Manistee Nat'l Forrest). Black bear come into the yards quite often too.

As a child I used to play in the woods all day long now I will not go in unless I am armed with my 44 Mag. Small game is almost gone too. Darned predators.

16 posted on 06/14/2012 9:49:30 AM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: MinorityRepublican
They may be protected by law but when I am in a remote area with the potential danger of predetors of ay kind I am protected by a S&W Mod 29 in 44 Mag.
17 posted on 06/14/2012 9:52:41 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: OldMissileer

Black bears (with cubs) are turning up all the way down here around Jackson and Ann Arbor.


18 posted on 06/14/2012 9:53:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MinorityRepublican
The population of cougars declined substantially from about 1900, victims of hunting and a lack of suitable prey.

Well, pardon the prey for avoiding being hunted and eaten for lunch, making the poor hungry cougar a victim. I really hate passive-aggressive prey.

When my in-laws in northern Alberta saw evidence of a cougar in the back yard (6 acres), they had to change much of how they lived their lives until it was caught a couple of months later.

I dislike the idea that species seem to be in part defined by "where" they lived. Decades ago, I remember hearing the fear that rattlesnakes might be extinct in Connecticut.
19 posted on 06/14/2012 9:53:50 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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To: MinorityRepublican

At least a few in Southern Indiana, too. The HUGE deer population is probably why.

A buddy who lives near Hoosier National Forest says either them, or Puma’s, have forced the local rabbits in to the town proper, to get away from them.


20 posted on 06/14/2012 9:54:24 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: MinorityRepublican

They must be following their primary food source as it flees California.


21 posted on 06/14/2012 9:55:32 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

22 posted on 06/14/2012 9:56:44 AM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: LOC1

One really good thing about mountain lions, they eliminate some of the feral hogs, of which we have too many.

Also known to reduce the small yapping dog population! :)


23 posted on 06/14/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Actually, I heard that a huge American corporation was planning to introduce Mountain Lion throughout the United States and around the world.


24 posted on 06/14/2012 9:57:27 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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To: madison10

I had a bobcat in my backyard last year, I’m twenty miles south of Indianapolis.

Kind of cool to see one, heard rumors for years they were around but never saw any sign of one until it chased a squirrel into the open.


25 posted on 06/14/2012 9:58:57 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: cripplecreek

We saw what we believe to be two of them here in NE Wisconsin. Had to turn around and try and catch a glimpse of what we saw because we thought “Really? Mountain Lions or Cougars?!?!? Here?!?!”


26 posted on 06/14/2012 9:59:03 AM PDT by RacerXSpeedRacer (Conservative principals and values - pray for our future.)
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To: JRios1968

EWWWWWWW


27 posted on 06/14/2012 10:01:35 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: knarf

We have them in Oklahoma. I have seen a couple as well as tracks to a gut pile from a harvested deer which was gone the next morning.


28 posted on 06/14/2012 10:02:56 AM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Dr. Sivana

Where are they headquartered? If they think this is a great idea they should have a dozen or so reintroduced in the general area of their parking lot. Same with DC. You like the idea of large predators so much they maybe you need some cougars, grizzlies, and wolves in your parks.


29 posted on 06/14/2012 10:04:39 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: tcrlaf

Sheriff’s deputy in Lawrence County, Indiana saw a Cougar eating roadkilled deer on Hwy 37 in 2010.


30 posted on 06/14/2012 10:05:21 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: MinorityRepublican

“US Scientists celebrate return of the cougar to the American Midwest”.

Correct title:
“Scientists Celebrate Proliferation Of Cougar Based Jobs.”


31 posted on 06/14/2012 10:07:23 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: massgopguy; ops33
Hoax photo of alleged North Dakota elk hunter and cougar making the rounds
32 posted on 06/14/2012 10:09:28 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: ops33
We have them here in N.E. OK

They are here...no doubt about it.

We've had sightings...We've had credible folks hear them.

33 posted on 06/14/2012 10:15:11 AM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: Abathar

WE have Bobcats all over down here in Georgia. While not totally pervasive, they aren’t rare. Our local zoo-ette has a family that was rescued from an abandoned house recently.

They also have Florida Panthers, one of which was so old they had to put it down. Made me sad.


34 posted on 06/14/2012 10:16:24 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: LibWhacker

Where did you grow up?


35 posted on 06/14/2012 10:17:14 AM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: Conan the Librarian

Florida Panthers...Everywhere, Boca down through Miami Beach!


36 posted on 06/14/2012 10:22:11 AM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That’s an awesome fake. I’ll bet it made the anti-hunting crowd giddy, but it is very funny and well made.


37 posted on 06/14/2012 10:25:51 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: tcrlaf

I have relatives who live in the southern part of PA. Two of them say they saw a mountain lion, as we call them here. It was on two different occasions and in two different areas, although the different areas were in close proximity to each other.

I thought I saw one about 2 months ago here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but I am not sure. Seemed like an awfully big cat with an exceptionally long tail. But I just saw it from the rear, and I was driving so.... There are definitely a lot of deer around here that they could feast on.


38 posted on 06/14/2012 10:29:37 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Osage Orange
Right in the middle of the state, a town called Hutchinson, about 40 miles NW of Wichita. You know it? Also had aunts and uncles who had farms West of Great Bend.

Loved visiting them because it seemed so remote. I'd go out in the pasture alone, miles out, to bring in the cows for milking. Just a kid. Never had any concern about the wildlife. Never even saw a coyote in my 14 years there. There were coyotes. We'd see signs (not including the carcasses the farmers would hang on the fences, lol). But they were way more afraid of us than we were of them.

In my 14 years there, I never heard of even one person getting attacked by wildlife. But I don't think I would send a young kid out alone today to bring in the cows.

39 posted on 06/14/2012 10:36:37 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Bigg Red

It could have been Leo! http://www.verismocat.com/htmscripts/leo-guinness.htm


40 posted on 06/14/2012 10:41:30 AM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: LibWhacker
Yeah....I went to a few years of school in Ark City, KS.

Hunted a couple times up near Great Bend.

I hunted birds and small game...back then. Deer weren't plentiful then. Oh they were around...but not lot's of them. I recall seeing the Arkansas River froze up once...with deer tracks crossing it.

Well...around here, there's plenty of food for cougars, and they are afraid of us. Not like in SoCal, where Puma's are living real close to large populated areas.

41 posted on 06/14/2012 10:44:28 AM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: Osage Orange

I spent a lifetime in Ark City when I was 18.


42 posted on 06/14/2012 10:58:14 AM PDT by Glennb51
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To: MinorityRepublican

We’ve had family members spot them on one of their farms in the Loess Hills of western Iowa in recent years.


43 posted on 06/14/2012 11:03:25 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of the republic begins the day conservatives stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I know Wyoming has three less of these vermin than it did a year ago.


44 posted on 06/14/2012 11:12:42 AM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: MeganC

You violated the last s in the SSS rule.

(shoot, shovel, shut up)


45 posted on 06/14/2012 11:23:16 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Glennb51
Yeah Action City, can do that to a person!!

LOL!!

Actually....I had a lot of fun going to school there.

46 posted on 06/14/2012 11:29:03 AM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I live in Michigan and had an encounter with one just last night.

Last thing I remember was her asking if it was okay to spend the night... ;)


47 posted on 06/14/2012 11:34:37 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: hometoroost
Where are they headquartered? If they think this is a great idea they should have a dozen or so reintroduced in the general area of their parking lot.

Before Tim Cook finds himself on the wrong end of the predator/prey thing, I should let you know that I was making a joke about the name of Apple Inc.'s newest computer operating system, OS X 10.8, a k a "Mountain Lion". I don't believe Apple has plans to release the real thing anywhere.
48 posted on 06/14/2012 11:36:13 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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To: cripplecreek
Black bears (with cubs) are turning up all the way down here around Jackson and Ann Arbor.

Yep. My sister lives in Leslie and has seen a bear around that local area.

49 posted on 06/14/2012 11:40:56 AM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: MinorityRepublican

These dummies will think excitng when you open your back door and one of these blasted cats is sitting there waiting on you. Oh, that’s right, these restoration twits don’t live where the vermin roam. I am here to tell you , these buggers bite. I don’t want or need any of them.


50 posted on 06/14/2012 11:42:29 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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