14 Jun '12, 7pm

This is good news, now lets hope people can learn to live alongside with them - American mountain lions making comeback

This is good news, now lets hope people can learn to live alongside with them - American mountain lions making comeback

American mountain lions, commonly called cougars, have been in decline for a century. Once found throughout North America, populations were isolated in the American West due to widespread hunting and loss of prey. But new evidence shows the animals may be spreading again, returning to their old stalking grounds in the Midwest. A group of researchers has confirmed 178 cougar sightings in the Midwest over the past few decades, with the number of confirmations steadily increasing between 1990 and 2008, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management. Most of these sightings have taken place within a short distance of habitat considered suitable for the animal, researchers said. "The western population has spread, with cougar populations re-establishing across the Midwest ," University of Minnesota researcher Michelle LaRue said in a stat...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/american...

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