24 Jan '18, 5pm

Ghost Cat Gone: Eastern Cougar Officially Declared Extinct

Say good-bye to the "ghost cat." This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the eastern cougar (Puma concolor couguar ) to be extinct and removed it from the endangered species list . This news, sad though it is, has been a long time coming. The big cats, once native to New England, were last verifiably observed back in 1938. The service first concluded that the species was extinct back in 2011, and then proposed removing its protected status in 2015 . This latest step, taken after extensive scientific review and public comment, completes the eastern cougar's long journey into the night. Eastern cougars—also known as "ghost cats," catamounts, panthers and, of course, mountain lions—disappeared after decades of overhunting on multiple fronts. The large predators were seen as threats to livestock, which resulted in the cats being actively hunted and bou...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/eastern-cougar-extinct-252834475...

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