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For Immediate Release, January 22, 2018 Contact: Michael Robinson, (575) 313-7017, [email protected] Eastern Puma Officially Declared Extinct, Taken Off Endangered Species List Conservationists Urge States Like New York to Consider Reintroductions WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today confirmed the eastern puma is extinct and removed it from the federal endangered species list. This distinct population of cougars once lived from Quebec to South Carolina and from Manitoba to Illinois. Today’s final removal of the eastern puma from the endangered list clears the way for states like New York to reintroduce cougars from the widespread and abundant western population. Eastern pumas, also known as mountain lions, were killed off throughout the 1700s and 1800s. The last one was killed in Maine in 1938. Western pumas disperse widely and have shown up ...

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