After a lull in the conversation of its existence, the elusive cougar has re-appeared in media across the Northeast. Why? You tell us.
Here's a recap of recent stories. Remember, back in March 2011, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that a specific subspecies, the eastern cougar, is extinct. We acknowledged that cougars of other subspecies origin have been seen in the Northeast, such as the one killed in Connecticut this past summer.
- MSNBC.com, Cougars extinct in East? No way, say those who claim sightings
Cougar sightings persist in the East nearly a year after the big predators were declared extinct in the region, a determination that some don't believe. Others want to make cougars' presence a big reality.
- UK Daily Mail, Extinct? Cougar sightings on the rise in eastern United States
A recent increase in sightings of cougars may force wildlife officials to rethink the notion that they're extinct. A year ago the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the big cat no longer existed in eastern states.
- Gazette Virginian, Vernon Hill resident claims he’s captured elusive cats on camera
Are mountain lions, declared extinct in Virginia, making a comeback of sorts in Halifax County? One Vernon Hill landowner has no doubts they are, and he claims he has captured two of the elusive cats chasing a smaller prey animal that appears to be an unlucky raccoon on a game camera video.
- Ammoland.com, The Quest of the Eastern Cougar
What is it about cougars? Why is there this controversy in the East about resident cougars or pumas living unobtrusively?
- Greenwich WCBS 8880, Mountain Lion Sought In Connecticut
There is a mountain lion mystery in Connecticut, despite a declaration by the state that the Eastern Mountain Lion is extinct and there is no other native-born cougar population there.
- Greenwich Time, Mountain lion fever has some in Conn. calling for answers
Sightings in Greenwich around state fuel residents' search for answers about mountain lions.