Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Growing Evidence of Connecticut Cougar Migration
The cougar, also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region, is a mammal native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes. An adaptable species, the cougar is found in every major American habitat type. Although large, the cougar is closer genetically to the domestic cat than to true lions.
Numerous reports of sightings of the animal in suburban Connecticut, had beed dismissed by conservation officers as unlikely, since the species had long since been thought to be extinct in the eastern U.S. On June 11, the rumors were confirmed with news of the lions demise -- hit by a car on a highway near Greenwich. Treehugger.com just reported that DNA tests matched those of his nearest relatives from South Dakpta suggesting that the mountain lion had somehow managed to prowl through at least six states covering 1800 miles of midwestern farms, highways, and wilderness without being spotted.