Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"Cougar Clippings" for 5 Aug 2009 from Mountain Lion Fdn.

Dear Friend,

Here are a few of the top stories on mountain lions from recent news articles. For more frequent updates, visit MountainLion.org and read the news daily.

Georgia Troup County Panther a Florida Panther

The bad news: a lion was shot and killed by a deer hunter in Georgia last November. Mountain lions have been exterminated East of the Mississippi with an exception for the tiny population of endangered Florida panthers in the Everglades. And now the really bad news: this male was actually a Florida panther. One of less than a hundred of his kind, and possibly the only one who had dispersed so far from southern Florida in an attempt to widen their range and reduce inbreeding. It is still unclear whether the hunter will face charges or if protection for panthers will be extended into Georgia.

Read the actual news story...


Colorado DOW Kills Mountain Lion

Last week the Wyoming Game & Fish Department felt completely justified in killing a mountain lion that was relaxing near a deer herd and posed no threat to people. Now, Colorado is following in suit. The Colorado Department of Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski reported that the Department does not want mountain lions near town, shooting them "is standard protocol for a mountain lion" and their "only option."

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Cougar Sighting Hoax in Newark

False reports of cougar sightings turn up just about every single day in the news. Photos of actual cougars on wildlife preserves are circulated through email and claim to be taken in your home town. So when video footage from a supposed sighting in New York was proven to be from a different area, it wasn't a big shocker. But what may be worth a second glance is that this footage is not even of a cougar. Experts say the cat is too short and likely a domestic cat appearing larger because our eyes are fooled by the angle and scale. It's no wonder the majority of lion sightings are actually false.

Read the actual news story...



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Those were just a few of the lion articles from the past week. Click here to read more! The Mountain Lion Foundation follows cougar and wildlife news each week. For a complete library of the most pertinent news articles, visit the Mountain Lion Foundation Newsroom.

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