Cougars Return to Their Homeland


| 6/3/2016 3:48:00 PM


Tags: cougars, puma, carnivores, ecology, predators, wildlife habitat, wilderness, Geri Vistein, Maine,

Let’s start with a question for you:What do you know about Cougars?

Actually, even scientists have known little about cougars until very recently. Once the most widespread large carnivore of North and South America, it was driven from its homelands in the eastern United States by the Europeans who settled there. If a cougar was spotted, it was shot. And their major prey, the deer were almost systematically eliminated as well. That was the past.

 

What About Today?

The Cougars are attempting to return to their homeland in the East. Any number of young males, often only a year or two old, and leaving their mother for the first time, are attempting to head east out of the Black Hills in South Dakota.

The Black Hills was one of the first places the cougars found refuge as they traveled out from their remote retreats in the Rockies.  But as they take their precarious journey to the unknown, all of them have been killed by our species — a repeat of the past. These are all young males seeking a female, but will never find her.

Why? Female cougars tend to stay close to home, near the territory of their mother.




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