Happy New Year! 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.
Famous Tracker Offers up Info on Cougars
Wisconsin continues to outshine its neighboring states by demonstrating tolerant and research-focused cougar policies. Not only are cougars protected in Wisconsin but during the past year, state officials have been tracking and monitoring the few cats who wandered through. A few weeks ago master tracker James Halfpenny led workshops about the elusive and often misunderstood cats at the University of Wisconsin. Participants learned how to identify tracks and walked away with a new appreciation for America's lion.
Panther Deaths in '09 Reach Previous Year's Record
As 2009 comes to an end, hopefully the excessive human-caused mortality rate of Florida panthers will conclude as well. This year tied with the 2007 record high of fifteen endangered panthers killed in one year - with the majority occurring on roads. Environmental groups have filed an intent to sue the US Fish & Wildlife service in 2010 if they do not set aside critical habitat for panthers. There are only around 100 of these endangered cats left in the wild.
A young cub in Oregon will get a forever home at the Caldwell Zoo in Texas this holiday season. As an ambassador for his species in a state where cougars are considered varmints and killed without restriction, education about these misunderstood cats is crucial in Texas. Trophy hunting in twelve western states orphans hundreds of cougar cubs each year. This male was far too young to survive on his own, and now thanks to puma expert Michelle Schireman, he has been given a safe habitat.