23 Jan '18, 5pm

Cougars Officially Declared Extinct in Eastern U.S., Removed from Endangered Species List

Cougars Officially Declared Extinct in Eastern U.S., Removed from Endangered Species List

Eastern cougars once roamed every U.S. state east of the Mississippi, but it has been eight decades since the last confirmed sighting of the animal. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has officially declared the subspecies extinct and removed it from the U.S. endangered species list. The decision, announced Monday, is the result of years of deliberation. The agency conducted an extensive review of the eastern cougar in 2011, and recommended it be removed from the endangered and threatened species list in 2015, Reuters reported . The species, also known as pumas, are the genetic cousins of mountain lions in the Western United States and of Florida panthers, which are now found only in the Everglades. There is “no evidence of the existence of either an extant reproducing population or any individuals of the eastern puma subspecies,” the announcement in the Federal Regis...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/cougars-officially-declared-e...

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