The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded an extensive review of all available information about the eastern cougar, which is on the endangered species list. Though many people have reported seeing cougars in the East, Service biologists have found no scientific evidence of the eastern cougar subspecies since the late 1930s.
They have concluded that the subspecies known as eastern cougar is extinct. The cougars that many people have seen in the East from Maine to South Carolina originally may have been kept as pets or for exhibition and originated in the West or in South American.
Service biologists will prepare a proposal to remove the eastern cougar from the endangered species list.
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See more at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ecougar, including:
* News release about the review
* Questions and answers about the review
* Fact sheet about eastern cougars
* Podcast of endangered species biologist Mark McCollough discussing his work on the review
* 2010 review of the status of eastern cougars
* 1982 recovery plan
* Anecdotal stories from people who have seen cougars
* Links to other cougar sites