May 8, 2021

Eastern Cougar Officially Declared Extinct

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Eastern Puma (=Cougar) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine the eastern puma (=cougar) (Puma (=Felis) concolor couguar) to be extinct, based on the best available scientific and commercial information. This information shows no evidence of the existence of either an extant reproducing population or any individuals of the eastern puma subspecies; it also is highly unlikely that an eastern puma population could remain undetected since the last confirmed sighting in 1938. Therefore, under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, we remove this subspecies from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.<<<Read More>>>

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Oscar Cronk’s Mountain Lion at L.L. Bean’s Store in Freeport, Maine

*Editor’s Note:* The following report and photos were compiled by contributor Richard Paradis of Maine.

The Mountain Lion roamed the Maine woods a century ago and there are Panther Ponds and Mountains still in Maine as well as sporting camps and lakes that still use the Wabanaki name for the Eastern Cougar: Lunksoos.

A few photos of Oscar’s magnificent Mountain Lion follow:

This Mountain Lion was struck by a car and killed near New Haven, Connecticut June 2011.

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