Northeast Eastern Cougar Blog: Thank you for your cougar stories!

Thank you for your cougar stories!

Sketch of eastern cougarWe would like to thank you for your interest in the eastern cougar and the conclusion of our five-year review. We hope to continue using this cougar blog as a place where you can share your stories.

We recommend caution and notifying state and local wildlife officials when a cougar is observed. Evidence of cougars can also be submitted to The Cougar Network.






Credit: Robert Savannah


Here is more information about the review in response to your comments:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required to do reviews of listed species every five years to determine whether or not they still meet the definition of endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. After doing our extensive review of the eastern cougar, we concluded that no evidence supports the existence of the eastern cougar. This conclusion does not reflect populations of other cougar subspecies, including those in the western U.S. and in Florida.

We acknowledge and understand that people can and do see cougars. Service biologists assembled 108 records dating from 1900 to 2010 with a high level of confirmation that the described animals were cougars. After careful examination, the biologists concluded all cougars reported were of other subspecies origin, including other North American and South American subspecies, that escaped or were released from captivity or that dispersed from the western United States.

During the review, the Service received 573 responses to a request for scientific information about the possible existence of the eastern cougar subspecies; conducted an extensive review of U.S. and Canadian scientific literature; and requested information from the 21 states within the historical range of the subspecies. No states expressed a belief in the existence of an eastern cougar population.

Please continue to share your stories and visit for more information!

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Gary's Gravatar Here is a poem written in response to the extinct conclusion:

No More Catamounts

except this one, sitting
by the side of the barn,
sunning, it seems, come

down from my neighbor’s
not-so-extinct woods.
Where, I haven’t been told,

there is a congregation
of cats, some whom have never
left, some whom have been

brought here, for the occasion
of their non-existence.
No one’s talking about

the retired ones, who have
entered a second, mascotted
career and lead us in cheers

for ourselves, our state teams.
Here, in the Green Mountains,
where the lost and forgotten,

the presumed dead are only
hiding in the shade of their painted
trees. Blending in, the social

zoologist-in-me wants to say.
And not afraid of letting them-
selves be seen, accounted for,

still, in view, of one who
believes what he’s seeing.
Who doesn’t take this kind

of no for an answer. Who
remembers how to call
a cat out of her own shadow.

Who can’t make anything else
of her, other than who she is.
And those tracks, snow-melting

this March, which, I assume, can’t
be read, as anyone else’s but

# Posted By Gary | 3/3/11 4:51 PM
Stanley's Gravatar Me and my brothers were in the Canaan Valley in Tucker County, West Virginia on November 3, 2010 hunting Grouse & Woodcock and we were driving the Canaan Loop Road when we saw a Black Mountain Lion/Panther cross the road about 30 or 40 yards in front of us. We had just passed thru the gate at the beginning of the Loop road. It was about 11:00AM in the morning.

At first we thought it was a Black Bear until we saw the long tail, then we thought it has to be mountain lion or panther. We guessed that somebody released it from a zoo or an animal farm. We talked to the WV DNR and they laughed and asked if we were drinking or dreaming.
# Posted By Stanley | 4/11/11 8:52 AM