Confirmations.

Confirmations Map.

Map 101

The interactive map below displays cougar confirmations currently in our database. The markers on the map represent confirmations by county (or Canadian equivalent) for areas outside of the known cougar range. At small map scales the markers are clustered, but as you zoom in the markers will center on the county. When clicked, clusters expand to individual confirmations.

Confirmation 101

Scroll down past the map to view summaries from the Cougar Network. We offer the "big picture" as well as define what constitutes a confirmation. Each confirmation has been extensively researched from its source (media, first-hand interviews, video/photo evidence, etc.). Note: it is possible that some of the confirmations could represent the same animal at different times and locations.

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    The Big Picture.

     

    Western cougar populations have been increasing since the 1960s, largely due to increased legal protection for the cats and to the growth and expansion of prey populations. Dr. Maurice Hornocker, a prominent cougar expert, was quoted as saying "There may now be more mountain lions in the West than there were before European settlement."

    The evidence that the Cougar Network has collected to date suggests that the species is beginning to re-colonize several of the adjacent prairie states, and possibly even some of the Midwestern and Southeastern states as well. The origin of cougars found further east is less clear. The impact of recently-enacted hunting seasons in some of the prairie states on future cougar range expansion is unclear and is potentially an area for future study.

    We have developed a comprehensive database and the interactive map for you to explore these trends. The map will continually be updated with confirmations as we analyze them.

    If you have questions about the confirmations, methodology, or just want to know more information, please contact the Cougar Network directly!