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Federal Researchers Declare Eastern Cougar Extinct

Animals  (tags: eastern cougar, extinction, animals, environment, species )

- 2790 days ago -
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declared the eastern cougar to be extinct, confirming a widely held belief among wildlife biologists that native populations of the big cat were wiped out by man a century ago.


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MmAway M (514)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 9:37 pm
Goodness, I am confused....If they are extint, why are they being taken off the Endangered Animal List...

Must of read this one wrong Anna...Please advise

. (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 10:48 pm
If they are extinct, they can no longer be endangered - they no longer exist, sadly...

desanka s (416)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:21 am
All big cats are in the great danger. Eastern cougar was first to ... go.
Thank you Anna.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:31 am
Soooo Sad...thanks

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:41 am
Noted with thanks.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:32 am
Thanks Anna.

Carol H (229)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 4:04 am
thanks Anna, noted

linda b (186)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 4:54 am
So very sad, and by the way our wildlife is being hunted we will soon have no wildlife at all. Thanks Anna.

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 6:44 am
Noted with sorrow.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 7:13 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 7:19 am
TY, Anna. So sadly noted & read + saved the article.

Carol C (97)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 7:31 am
Noted. Thank you.

Rani Lyons (41)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 8:09 am
i hope it's not true. A few comments at the news site say it's incorrect. I still have hope they are out there.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 8:18 am
Way to go U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... spend more of taxpayers' money documenting the destruction caused by the decisions of you and those before you (which have caused this extinction).

Keep up the good work ... until there's nothing left!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 8:25 am
Notice this abuse to the Care2 site, lodged in the "comments" above:

Thursday, March 3 @ 8:10am

Inappropriate and should be removed immediately ... before serious readers get tired of plowing through this trash and drop off.


Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 8:30 am

Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:58 am
Thankfully we still have cougars in the southwest US...right in my neighborhood...and they're beautiful!

Krasimira B (175)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 10:16 am
Not surprised. What's next?! Noted with anger, thank you Anna and Agnes for sharing.

Ann L (15)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:20 pm
Noted with sadness. Thanks for the post.

malke schmiedeberg (2)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:22 pm
I am confused too...If there still are cougars in the wild they can't be extinct...

Robin R (29)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:47 pm
They should not be taken off the endangered species list just in case a few have survived - if they are out there we need laws to keep the hunters from killing them - God knows morals won't stop them.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 1:28 pm
Very sad.

Cindy C (125)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 1:38 pm
I am totally disgusted as they must have been hunted down grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:00 pm
Noted with thanks Anna. This is truly very sad that they feel they are extinct. The cougars in the west must live in a different type of ecosystem, other wise, why could they not introduce some to the east?? Puzzled???

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:51 pm
break my heart :-(

Laverne Wallace (59)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:52 pm
noted There are some panthers still in the North Carolina mountians.

Darren G (8096)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:55 pm
Thank You for sharing.....very SAD:-(

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 5:09 pm
Since at least one cougar was killed about 3 mi. from here, in southern IL., a couple of years ago - I think they are looking in the wrong places.
Cougars follow creeks.. and they will kill livestock, but not often.. the Conservation Police Knew Exactly where the body was & the Amish farmer did not get into trouble, but this article is kind of misleading - if they have transponders & are still tracking some that have been released in Southern IL in Shawnee National Forest, evidently they're not staying there!
"The wildlife service treated the eastern cougar as a distinct subspecies, even though some biologists now believe it is genetically the same as its western brethren, which is increasing in number and extending its range. Some experts believe that mountain lions will eventually make their way back East." Yes they will!:) They've been sighted on both sides of the Mississippi river Recently!


. (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 6:54 pm
Shame on man!

Walter Firth (45)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:00 pm
I hope Yvonne is right,it would be good news for a change to find they are still about.Sadly I note there is now one less.They were in the area long before the bloody farmers moved in with their livestock and have as much right to the terrain.Cougars like all big cats don't come to close to savage barking dogs.The farmers should keep them and put their muskets away.

Jo-Ann Harris (85)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:43 pm
Sadly noted. Just another species add to the list of extinct animals. Way to go you ignorant and greedy government bureaucrats!

Chavonne H (46)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 10:51 pm
very very wrong.

Gwen Hillman (11)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 10:59 pm
To all the SOBs that contributed to this (hunters, farmers, government officials etc. etc.) - I hope you are happy and above all, I hope you rot in HELL !!!!

Friday March 4, 2011, 2:37 am
Noted with great sorrow...
thank you!

tracey p (81)
Friday March 4, 2011, 2:41 am
sad that another animal has slipped out of existence due to our neglect and cruelty.

Cristina M (137)
Friday March 4, 2011, 3:28 am
Tragic news

Susan Pernot (75)
Friday March 4, 2011, 6:05 am
Thank you humans for wiping out an other species.

Esther Z (94)
Friday March 4, 2011, 6:18 am
Sadly noted.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 6:21 am
Noted. Sad, very sad, which will be the next animal to disappear on this earth.

. (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 6:26 am
sadly noted

Mike H (252)
Friday March 4, 2011, 9:03 am
Humans are a cancer on this planet

Sue M (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 10:22 am

Marti Williams (170)
Friday March 4, 2011, 12:30 pm
Sadly noted...

Theresa C (1)
Friday March 4, 2011, 2:13 pm

Nancy C (806)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:11 pm
confusing accusation...says they may return to the east

Ruth R (246)
Friday March 4, 2011, 6:27 pm
Did not know that.

Trish K (93)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:54 pm
One was spotted two years ago in Pennsylvania and last year one was spotted in New Hampshire.

Anneliese B (19)
Friday March 4, 2011, 10:16 pm
One of my friends grew up in southwest VA in a little town near the Appalachian trail. They have cougars, to this day, that live in the forests behind her house.

Morris G. (18)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 3:48 am
"To all the SOBs that contributed to this (hunters, farmers, government officials etc. etc.) "
Did you read the story? They have been extinct since 1930. So if one of these hunters or government officials was really young - say 21 then, they would be 102 now. Probably aren't reading this blog.
There have been sightings of course. Unfortunately it appears most were ones that escaped from captivity.
Cougars are not really extinct. In the western states they are doing quite well. And yes they are likely the same species. Personally I would like to see a restoration program considered. There would not be many options but I believe there are places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are big enough to try it in.

Melissah C (389)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:34 am
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