U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Report Is Epitaph For The Eastern Cougar
Peter Marteka Nature’s Path & Way To Go
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Eastern cougar has gone the way of the passenger pigeon, Eastern elk and the Carolina parakeet.
The last Eastern cougar was trapped east of Little St. John Lake on the Maine-Quebec border, by Quebec trapper Rosarie Morin in 1938 and sits stuffed and mounted in the New Brunswick Museum. The mammal — known as “ghost cat” and hunted to extinction — hasn’t been seen since. And now, after a five-year study found no evidence that the Eastern cougar survives, the Fish & Wildlife Service has recommended that it be dropped from the federal endangered species list.