2014 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
The state Game and Parks Commission says it's confirmed that a mountain lion killed a calf near Brewster in Blaine County. It is the first recorded incident of a mountain lion killing livestock in Nebraska in modern times.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 5/2/14
A Florida panther was killed by a vehicle in Highlands County north of the Caloosahatchee River.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, 4/28/14
A female mountain lion was killed by a wildlife specialist after a reported calf kill on a farmer's property.
US Fish and Wildlife Service, 4/15/14
A number of trail cam photos were taken recently of two ocelots and a known jaguar roaming the Santa Rita mountains.
Cougar Network, 3/31/14
Paula Wild has written a very interesting book on the cougar. There is a lot of information on cougars in the West with emphasis on British Columbia where Ms. Wild lives, an area with some of the densist populations of cougars in North America.
A mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a trap near Taylor, according to the Game and Parks Commission.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, 8/22/2010
A mountain lion was confirmed near Athens, Arkansas in 2010. It was caught by a game camera.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commision, 2/3/14
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission now has a biologist appointed to investigate cougar reports in the state. Two previously unreported confirmations have now been made public.
2013 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
The Mining Journal, 12/21/13
Two downstate suspects have been arrested for illegally killing a cougar in Schoolcraft County. Since 2008, the DNR has confirmed photos or tracks of cougars 23 times in 10 U.P. counties. The animals are believed to be young individuals dispersing from established populations in states to the west in search of new territory. There is no evidence of a breeding cougar population in Michigan.
Chicago Tribune, 12/10/13
The state has funded research in which suitable habitat models have been developed for these species.
A mountain lion was killed near Rock Valley as it was deemed a threat near people with children.
Fremont Tribune, 12/6/13
Cameras tracked an adult mountain lion that traveled 60 miles in two days reported Bruce Lambley of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Brian Roell of the Michigan DNR gave an interesting talk about the status of cougars in the UP of Michigan.
Arkansas Game and Fish says there are mountain lions in Arkansas but did not specify the confirmations.
A male cougar was killed on a farm at the request of the landowners.
A very comprehensive article will appear in the print version of the December issue of National Geographic magazine. It can be seen now online.
Bismarck Tribune,, 11/12/13
A 2-3 year old female mountain lion was shot by a hunter south of Bismarck, ND. It may have been the same animal seen nearby close to an elementary school.
Cougar Network News, 11/1/13
Melissa Hahne used a hand held camera to confirm a mountain lion in northern Minnesota.
A mountain lion was confirmed on a hunter's trail camera in Marquette County by the Michigan DNR.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirmed a mountain lion caught on a trail camera in Madison County.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a cougar in Shannon County.
Capital Journal, 9/25/13
A mountain lion was confirmed in the Oahe Dam area north of Pierre, SD.
The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed a mountain lion at Peck Ranch in Carter County.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion on private land in Pulaski County.
Nebraska's inaugural mountain lion hunting season next year will put the big cats under the gun across most of the state.
Iron Mountain Daily News, 7/21/13
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists have confirmed that a private landowner's trail camera captured this image of a cougar in central Florence County in early June.
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently released a video on the increasing phenomenon of mountain lions being confirmed in the state.
New York Times, 6/10/13
The great migration began perhaps 40 years ago. From strongholds in the Rocky Mountains and Texas, young males headed east seeking female companionship and new places to settle.
An adult female mountain lion harvested in February at the north end of central Montana's Crazy Mountains apparently traveled there from South Dakota, where it was fitted with a radio collar last summer.
The female cat was two or three years old and never had borne kittens. It is not unusual for young male lions to disperse 420-miles, but "For a mature female, it's pretty amazing."
Grand Forks Herald, 3/3/13
A hunter with hounds hunting coyotes ran into a mountain lion and treed it. He got photos including a video. It was located just south of Osakis, Minnesota.
The confirmation is based on trail camera photos taken Feb. 2, and the carcass of an elk calf found on the conservation area that showed feeding consistent with that of a mountain lion.
The cougar was found Saturday near the Chippewa Flowage in Sawyer County. It was confirmed by DNR biologist Adrian Wydeven.
The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken be a trail camera on Dec. 9, Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 on private land in Warren County.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Dec. 21 on private land near Van Buren in Carter County.
2012 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
MDC Press Release, 12/17/12
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken Dec. 12 by a trail camera on private land in DeKalb County.
Providence (RI) Journal, 12/16/12
This has just come to light even though it is about 1.5 years ago when it occurred. Two months before the "CT cougar" was killed by a vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in CT, a cougar was confirmed by the RI Department of Environmental Management and reaffirmed by cougar experts. Was it the CT cougar? That cannot be proven as no DNA was collected. The original incident report can be viewed here.
The Wildlife News, 12/16/12
Ten photos of a male jaguar have been taken recently in the northern Santa Ritas, a federal official said. The photos, at least some of which show the jaguar's entire body, were shot from October 25 to November 12, most near the proposed Rosemont Mine site, by four remote cameras.
A cougar was caught on a video camera in the Osakis area. Where is ventured from there is a mystery.
Fox News 11, 12/5/12
The Wisconsin DNR says it is apparent more cougars are moving into Wisconsin. There were five confirmed sightings in 2009. This year, it is double. Wildlife officials report ten so far, and say they know of at least three different cats that have traveled in the state. During an online chat, one person asked how many cougars Wisconsin could support. The DNR guessed quite a few.
Three recent trail camera photos of cougars in the Upper Peninsula have been verified by the Michigan DNR. Two of the photos, both of a cougar with a radio collar, were taken in October in Menominee Country - one near Cedar River and on near Menominee just north of the Wisconsin border. The third photo was taken in northern Marquette County in November and that cougar was not wearing a radio collar.
Both confirmations, one in Pike County and one in Calhoun County, were caught on trail cameras.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 11/16/12
A trail camera photo has lead to the recent confirmation of a mountain lion in Stafford County. A Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism press release said the camera had been set by a deer hunter. Another article about this confirmation with a picture can be found here.
Cougar Network News, 11/13/12
A hunter killed a mountain lion in north central Nebraska that circled in front of him as he was hunting for deer.
Springfield News-Leader, 11/7/12
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Oct. 31 on private land near Branson in Taney County.
State Journal Register, 11/4/12
A cougar captured by trail camera near Warren IL is speculated to have been the same on confirmed in Morgan County.
Cougar Network News, 11/2/12
Well known carnivore researcher Dr. Jim Halfpenny is sponsoring a Cougar Ecology & Verification workshop on Dec. 1 & 2 at University of Wisconsin -- Whitewater.
Wayne County Journal-Banner, 10/31/12
The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed a trail cam photo of a mountain lion in Ripley County, MO.
Prairie State Outdoors, 10/31/12
A trail camera picture of a cougar in Morgan County was confirmed by Illinois DNR personnel.
The LDWF confirmed a trail camera photo of a cougar in Vernon Parish. Personnel verified the site where the photo was taken so as to make sure it was legitimate.
Cougar Network News, 10/29/12
On 10/27/12, the Cougar Network reported that a cougar was caught on a trail camera near Warren, IL and was confirmed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The CN was subsequently informed that this photo was identical to a photo taken in Wisconsin in October 2011. IDNR has been informed of the questions surrounding the legitimacy of the photo.
Illinois DNR, 10/27/12
The Illinois DNR confrimed a cougar near Warren that had also been seen in nearby towns.
The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed a mountain lion caught by trail camera near Ellington, MO.
The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed a mountain lion caught by a trail camera in Shannon County, MO.
A mountain lion was shot by police inside the Des Moines city limits Thursday morning.
Wisconsin DNR, 9/22/12
A cougar was confirmed by a trail camera picture in Iowa County, Wisconsin.
Double Q News, 8/28/12
Two cougar mortalities have been recorded in NE outside established range in the Pine Ridge area.
As this is only about 27 miles from the confirmation in Buffalo County, there is speculation that this may be the same animal.
An avid outdoorsman caught a cougar on a trail camera on land he recently purchased in Buffalo County, Wisconsin. WDNR personnel visited the location and verified it checked with the photo.
Four of the five wolves that wolf biologist Liz Bradley knows were probably killed by mountain lions were fitted with a radio collar. Usually, reports of clashes between these two top predators are the other way around due to the solitary nature of mountain lions and the pack nature of wolves.
Heartland Connection, 5/22/12
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports DNA test results show that four mountain lions seen in Missouri last year came from three Western states, illustrating the species’ capacity for long-distance travel.
Michigan DNR, 5/18/12
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of a cougar in Baraga County in the Upper Peninsula. A photo of the animal was taken by Baraga County resident Fred Nault near Skanee on Saturday, May 5.
Kansas City Star, 4/24/12
A trail camera in a wooded area of Grundy County captured an image on the evening of April 2 of what appeared to be an adult mountain lion. It was later confirmed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Riverfront Times Blog, 4/19/12
A cougar caught along the South Dakota/Nebraska border was collared and had its ear tagged in April 2010. The same animal identified by the collar was photographed in Linn County, MO by a trail cam in December 2010. In July 2011, it was again caught by a trail cam in northern Wisconsin and most recently in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Landowners spotted a cougar walking across their property following a deer trail. A WDNR biologist confirmed the tracks were of a small cougar.
DNA analysis of a mountain lion that was struck and killed by a motorist near Minco, OK show the cat journeyed from the Black Hills of South Dakota, state wildlife officials said Thursday. The 130-pound male mountain lion was killed by a motorist and found dead along SH 81 north of Minco in November.
A man charged with shooting a cougar in southwestern Minnesota has entered a written plea of guilty to taking a cougar in a closed season and waived his appearance in Jackson County District Court.
A female cougar kitten caught in a trap in northwest NE was released and it appears she has rejoined her mother.
Minnesota DNR, 1/27/12
Charges have been filed today by the Jackson County attorney’s office against a Jackson County man in southwestern Minnesota for allegedly shooting a cougar on Nov. 27, 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Rapid City Journal, 1/13/12
A female cougar believed to be from South Dakota that turned up last year in someone's backyard in Tulsa, Okla., has found a new home. The interesting part is, male lions, not females, have usually been the ones documented making long journeys in search of new territory.
KY3 News, 1/5/12
A young male mountain lion was checked and released by the Missouri Department of Conservation in Reynolds County, Missouri Wednesday. The 122-pound animal was trapped by Reynolds County Commissioner Wayne Henson.
Cougar Network News, 1/3/2012
Dr. Jim Halfpenny is offering three cougar workshops located in three different locations in the spring of 2012. Dr. Halfpenny is a well known cougar expert and much will be learned of these great animals at these workshops.
2011 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
Police shot a mountain lion that was deemed a threat to people by the Iowa DNR.
Arizona Daily Star, 11/22/11
A hunter photographed an adult male jaguar in Southeast Arizona after his dogs treed it,
The cougar was photographed near the Rusk-Taylor county line. Wisconsin DNR believes this could be the same animal caught twice before by trail camera in October.
A hunter's trail camera caught a mountain lion. Oklahoma wildlife officials made the confirmation.
KDWPT News, 11/17/11
A deer hunter's trail camera snapped a pictue of a mountain lion. The deer hunter contacted the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism natural resource officer who confirmed the presence of a mountain lion.
A 15 year old hunter shot a mountain lion near Creighton, Nebraska. It was a young male.
A cougar was confirmed by MN DNR personnel near Fergus Falls, MN. It's picture was caught on a trail camera.
A male mountain lion weighing 130 lbs. was killed by a car near Minco, OK. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department is performing a necropsy including a DNA analysis.
Iowa DNR, 10/13/11
An image captured on a trail camera in Clinton County during the past week has been confirmed as a mountain lion by wildlife biologists from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
MDC Online, 9/30/11
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Mountain Lion Response Team has confirmed a trail-camera photograph of a mountain lion taken Sept. 20 at the Rocky Creek Conservation Area southwest of Eminence.
Michigan DNR, 9/27/11
The MDNR today confirmed the presence of a cougar in northern Houghton County. The animal was captured on a trail camera on September 24 walking directly toward the front of the camera and clearly showing it has a radio collar. "This is almost certainly the same cat that was confirmed in Ontonogan County on September 8," said Adam Bump, a wildlife biologist with the DNR's Cougar Team.
Michigan DNR, 9/13/11
The Michigan DNR confirmed a trail cam photo of a collared cougar in Ontonagon County. This appears to be the same animal that was caught by trail cam in northern Wisconsin.
MDC Online, 9/6/11
A second cougar was caught on a trail camera in Shannon County. This was not the same animal shot in Texas county.
MDC Online, September 6, 2011
A landowner in Texas County shot a mountain lion on Sept. 5 after encountering it on his property. It is speculated that this may be the same cat photographed by a trail camera in August in nearby Shannon County.
A former Newnan, GA resident was sentenced after pleading guilty to the unlawful killing of an endangered Florida panther in Troup County GA.
A treail camera caught a mountain lion chasing a deer in the Nobrara River valley in north central Nebraska. Sam Wilson, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's mountain lion authority, said that it was the first photo he has seen of a cougar chase in Nebraska.
NY DEC confirmed yesterday that the CT cougar passed through Lake George, nY on Dec. 21, 2010. See attached NY DEC report.
MDC Online, 8/12/11
A landowner's trail camera has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Shannon County. The image was taken on July 29 on private land at the west edge of the county near Mountain View. Shannon County Conservation agent Brad Hadley visited the site on August 9 and confirmed the location of the image.
Ct Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection, 7/26/11
The cougar killed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway 70 miles from NYC in June was found to be not only a wild cougar but also one with an incredible journey to arrive in CT as the same animal was previously confirmed in Wisconsin and Minnesota and DNA indicates it originally was from the Black Hills of SD. A presentation shows how this was discovered and there is also a press release from the Wisconsin DNR.
A cougar was killed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway by an SUV just 70 miles from NYC. This could be the same animal that was confirmed a week before in Milton, CT even closer to NYC. This animal almost certainly was a captive that escaped or was released.
Biologist Steve Loch often finds himself at the center of efforts to verify or disprove reports of mountain lion sightings in Minnesota and other parts of the Upper Midwest. Despite what so many people want to believe, Loch says, Minnesota likely doesn't have a breedking population of mountain lions.
State conservation officials say another mountain lion is roaming northeast Missouri. A landowner in Macon County took pictures of large tracks which were confirmed as mountain lion by Rex Martensen of the MO Conservation Department.
A young male mountain lion was shot in a Kearney neighborhood by police as it was very close to people in back yards.
Two mushroom hunters found a decomposed carcass of a mountain lion on an island in the Platte River near Yutan in eastern Nebraska. They detached the head and tail and gave them over to Game and Parks Commission personnel for further analysis.
Orlando Sentinel, 4/25/11
A panther was found shot in Seminole County. Could this be the same one confirmed on 3/10? It is not yet known who killed the animal.
Tulsa World, 4/24/11
A 70 lb. female mountain lion was captured in a north Tulsa neighborhood. It is now temporarily residing in the Tulsa Zoo.
State wildlife officials are celebrating a panther confirmation in Seminole County, outside their established range in FL.
MDC Online, 3/25/11
A tuft of hair left on a fence in Oregon County March 9 definitely belongs to a mountain lion, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). This is the sixth verified mountain lion sighting in Missouri since late last November and the 16th in modern times. MDC has no evidence to suggest that a breeding population of mountain lions exists in Missouri.
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3/2/11
The eastern cougar status review has been completed. This review is the first of its kind completed since the eastern cougar recovery plan was completed in 1982. There are also links to three attachments: eastern cougar news release, cougar FAQs, and status review report.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed that a cat sighted in central Missouri in December is a mountain lion. This makes five confirmations in Missouri since November.
Missouri Dept. of Conservation, 1/23/11
The MDC confirmed that a group of hunters killed a young male mountain lion west of La Plata, MO on Saturday, January 22. Several of the hunters came within 20 yards of the big cat.
Missouri Dept. of Conservation, 1/20/11
A trail camera captured a photo of a mountain lion in Chesterfield, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. This is the third confirmation in MO since last November.
Columbia Daily Tribune, 1/3/11
A cougar was killed by a farmer Sunday in rural Ray County. It was brought to Columbia for a necropsy. It was a 115 pound male estimated to be about two years old.
2010 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
High Plains Daily Leader, 12/22/10
A Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks bilogist investigated trail camera photographs of a cougar reportedly taken in Nemaha County on December 7. Two biologists investigated the site the next day and were able to verify the legitimacy of the photographs, making this the fifth confirmed Kansas mountain lion sighting in modern times.
Kansas City Star, 11/30/10
A cougar was caught on camera Friday in southern Platte County, the Missouri Department of Conservation said Tuesday. This is only the 11th time that Missouri officials have verified a cougar sighting since 1994.
Brookings Register, 11/11/10
A Moody County landowner on Tuesday morning killed a large male mountain lion on his property that he considered to be a threat, according to a South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks official. This is near Nunda in the eastern section of South Dakota not far from the Minnesota border.
Cougar Network News, 11/25/10
There have been four cougar confirmations in different parts of Minnesota in late summer into the fall of 2010. All were confirmed by trail camera and sites were verified by DNR personnel.
The Wichita Eagle, 10/27/10
Caleb Mahin found several images of a cougar on a remote-controlled camera he had place near the Republican River in Republic County. Matt Peek from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks examined the photos and thinks they show the fourth confirmed mountain lion in Kansas in the past three years.
CBOW Press Release, 9/17/10
The CDOW has announced that the state's lynx reintroduction project had accomplished its goal of establishing a breeding population in the Southern Rockies and that biologists are now transitioning to monitor the cats' long-term persistence in Colorado's high country.
Cougar Network News, 8/23/10
In response to a request by the WDNR, the Cougar Network facilitated an independent review of alleged "cougar depredation" incidents on domestic animals in Juneau and Monroe Counties, Wisconsin. Based on the evidence presented and the expert review comments, it appears none of the incidents can conclusively be confirmed as cougar depredation. The review report stats "It is our opinion that cougar depredation can be ruled out in all cases except for a slight possibility in the Miller horse incident, but even in this case it appears unlikely."
WDNR Press Release, 8/17/10
The WDNR will not be working on a cougar management plan. The cougars detected so far have been young males seeking new territory. They may have originated in the Black Hills of South Dakota. No females have been detected in Wisconsin and there is no evidence of a breeding population.
Cougar Network News, 7/26/10
Maurice Hornocker and Sharon Negri have been selected as the 2010 recipients of the Wildlife Publications Award - Outstanding Edited Book Category, for Cougar Ecology and Conservation. The award will be presented during The Wildlife Society's 17th annual conference in Snowbird, Utah on October 3, 2010. The Cougar Network congratulates D. Hornocker and Ms. Negri on this will deserved award. This wonderful book can be ordered by clicking the link above.
A cougar from Colorado took a quick stroll through Kansas this spring, basically covering the state from north to south in March. Since leaving Kansas, the mountain lion traveled back to Colorado and then through Oklahoma and Texas before heading to New Mexico. A Colorado biologist says it probably has traveled more than 1000 miles.
A trail camera photographed a cougar in Michigan. The DNRE say that a trail camera has captured a photo of a cougar in Menominee County. The image form the camera is blurred, but experts confirmed it as cougar.
Green Bay Press Gazette, 5/29/10
A homeowner with a motion-sensitive camera to track wildlife in his backyard has captured evidence of a cougar near this Oconto County community. An official with the state Department of Natural Resources said it is likely the first confirmed cougar sighting in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin DNR, 5/17/10
Wildlife officials will attempt to locate and capture a cougar that attacked a one-year-old heifer on a farm in the Town of Wonewoc, Juneau County over the weekend, the Department of Natural Resources reported. A turkey hunter first reported the incident to the landowner after hearing sounds of the attack on Saturday.
Indiana DNR, 5/7/10
Scott Johnson, the DNR's non-game mammal biologist and member of the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife's team, verified the report via photographs taken by motion sensitive game cameras placed in the area after a preliminary investigation found evidence consistent with mountain lion behavior, including an eviscerated deer carcass buried under a pile of leaves. The press release has links to photos.
Cougar Network News, 4/29/10
We have just learned that for those non-wildlife professionals interested in wildlife will have an opportunity to learn more about mountain lions. Additionally they will likely observe many other wild animals at the Ladder Ranch in New Mexico where the Cougar Field Workshop is held. It will be run by Dr. Travis Perry and Harley Shaw, both well known wildlife biologists. Participants will stay at the rustic Ladder Ranch Lodge with all meals provided at the lodge. The adventure will include moderate hiking in summer temperatures. It is coming up soon so if you are interested you need to act fast.
Cougar Network News, 4/25/10
The 4th Cougar Field Workshop held in early March was a big success. Click on above to read about it. Thanks to participant Elizabeth Parker for writing the story and taking the pictures.
The Watch, 4/8/10
A Canada lynx first captured in Kamloops, British Columbia, and released in Colorado as part of a Colorado Division of Wildlife reintroduction program, found its way back to Canada before being caught and killed by a trapper near Nordegg, Alberta earlier this year.
Omaha World-Herald, 2/23/10
A female cougar was shot and killed Sunday at a ranch northwest of Rushville, Nebraska. Conservation officers were notified early Sunday morning of a mountain lion hiding under a livestock trailer. The responding officer determined that the cougar was a safety risk because of its proximity to people on site. The cat weighed about 100 lbs. and did not appear to have been nursing kittens. It was the 96th confirmed cougar sighting in NE since 1991 and the 68th in the Pine Ridge.
A Florida panther is roaming the Carlton Reserve east of Venice for the first time since 2005, wildlife officials have confirmed. The panther, thought to be a young male, was spotted by an employee of the Southwest Florida Water Management District on Feb. 5.
Arizona Daily Star, 2/16/10
The Sky Island Alliance's remote cameras caught a jaguar in the same spot in two photographs taken eight days apart in early January, said Sergio Avila, an Alliance biologist in Tucson. It is not known if the photos were of the same animal, because they showed different sides. The sex of neither photo subjects is known, Avila said.
This mountain lion was captured on Ryan Ritter's trail camera near Atoka in southeastern Oklahoma. "I was very shocked to see that on my camera," said Ritter, who admits he always has been skeptical about mountain lion sightings in the past.
2009 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
Pioneer Press, 12/23/09
A cougar has been caught on camera in Dunn County, Wisconsin. It's likely the same animal that left tracks last week along farmland in the village of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, officials said. It may also be the same cougar caught on video tape in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota this month. The cougar appears to be moving southeast at a rate of five to seven miles per day.
Pioneer Press, 12/16/09
The cougar making the rounds of the northern suburbs the past couple of weeks apparently headed east to Stillwater. The cougar was last spotted crossing Washington County 5, north of Minnesota 36, about 10PM Friday, said Dan Stark, wolf specialist for the Minnesota DNR, and was headed east.
Iowa DNR, 12/15/09
Raymond Goebel Jr. shot and killed a mountain lion near Marengo, the fifth confirmation in the past decade. It was initially reported as a female, but later corrected to be a male. In Iowa, confirmed mountain lion sightings are few and far between.
A north metro neighborhood is on alert after a rare confirmed sighting of a cougar. A police dash camera in Champlin actually caught the big cat on tape early Saturday morning. A DNR officer confirmed that the animal in the video is a cougar. It is uncertain if the animal was of wild or captive origiin.
Cougar Network News, 11/30/09
Edited by Maurice Hornocker and Sharon Negri, Cougar Ecology and Conservation brings together the diverse perspectives of 22 distinguished scientists to provide the fullest account of the cougar's ecology, behavior, and genetics; its role as a top predator, and its conservation needs. This compilation of recent findings, stunning photographs, and firsthand accounts of field research unravels the mysteries of this magnificent animal and emphasizes its importance in healthy ecosystem processes and in our lives.
Bismark Tribune, 11/28/09
Bismark police shot a mountain lion within Bismark city limits. It appears to be a full grown male. According to Bruce Burkett of NDGF "It was probably just a transient that was moving and stopping overnight in the wrong spot." He said they travel hundreds of miles in a short time. "It's bound to happen," Burkett said. "There are more of them around. They've just expanded their range." Bismark is located in South Central North Dakota, which is well east of the established population in the Badlands.
Cougar Network News, 11/20/09
Nebraska resident Bob Marsteller has snapped over 10 trail cam photos of a cougar since 2005. All were located in the same area northwest of Harrison NE in the northwest corner of the state.
Cougar Network News, 11/14/09
In its on-going efforts to assist wildlife agencies, field researchers, and the general public, the Cougar Network has publiched an abbreviated Puma ID Guide and a full length Puma Field Guide authored by leading wildlife biologists Harley Shaw, Paul Beier, Melanie Culver, and Melissa Grigione. The guides cover the Biological Considerations, General Life History, Identification, Assessment, and Management of Puma Concolor. To download the guides free of charge, click on the title above (http://www.cougarnet.org/idguide.html) and select "Same as" from the menu. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.
MDNR Press Release, 11/4/09
The Department of Natural Resources today announced it has verified two sets of cougar tracks and confirmed the location of a cougar photo in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The tracks were discovered in the DeTour and Gulliver areas, while the photo was taken near Bruce Township.
KDWP Press Release, 10/21/09
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staff have verified that a mountain lion was photographed by a deer hunter northwest of Wakeeney. The sighting is the first ever live wild mountain lion documented in Kansas and the second apparently wild mountain lion verified in Kansas in modern times. In November 2007, a young male mountain lion was shot by a landowner in Barber County. Prior to that, the last documented occurrence was in 1904.
Voice of America, 10/10/09
Cougar Network directors Chuck Anderson and Mark Dowling were interviewed on the Interstate Sportsman radio program on Voice of America on October 8, 2009. The interview focused on the research and educational efforts of the Cougar Network, trends in U. S. mountain lion populations, and other cougar related issues. A recording of the interview is available by clicking on the title above. The CN segment begins around the 14:30 mark in the program. There is a brief technical glitch in the beginning of the interview, which is quickly resolved.
National Geographic Magazine, September, 2009
The Cougar Network's mountain lion occurrence data was featured in the September, 2009 issue of National Geographic Magazine. The article and map can be accessed by going to the magazine's blog.
Grand Forks Herald, 9/21/09
Blane Klemek, assistant area wildlife manager for the DNR in Bemidji, said the cat was a young adult male that weight an estimated 110 pounds. The DNR initially reported the cat was female. The cat was transported Monday morning to the DNR's forest wildlife research office in Grand Rapids, Minn. Klemek said researchers in Grand Rapids will perform a necropsy on the cat , checking its stomach contents to see what it had been eating and determining the animal's age.
Omaha World-Herald, 8/22/09
A 19 year old caught a trail cam picture of a mountain lion about 11 miles northwest of Rushville, Nebraska on August 15. This is in the Pine Ridge area close to the SD border.
DNA test show the cougar a Newman man shot in Troup County last November was a Florida panther and apparently not, as authorities initially suspected, an animal that had been held captive.
River Falls Journal, 6/3/09
Conservation biologist Adrian Wydeven, the DNR's leading cougar expert, examined photographs of the tracks and concluded they could not have been left by a large dog. A later communication with him indicating he viewed this as a legitimate cougar confirmation.
SIUC University Communications, 4/24/09
A pair of researchers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale - a research scientist and graduate student - are rolling back the curtain on this challenging landscape as they seek to characterize its wildlife population and study one reclusive species of big cat in particular, the jaguar.
Cougar Network News, 4/14/09
Jim Halfpenny and David Baron will be holding a two day cougar workshop in Boulder, CO on April 25 and 26. Jim is a renowned carnivore ecologist and David is the well known author of "Beast in the Garden" which documented cougar incidents in the Boulder area.
Wisconsin DNR, 3/5/09
The Wisconsin DNR was contatcted by a hunter using dogs who had treed an adult male mountain lion on March 2. With the assistance of other hound hunters, a team of biologists again treed the animal on March 4. The link above is the press release (in Word format) the Wisconsin DNR put out. We received further details of the incidents from Ken Jonas of the Wisconsin DNR along with a picture of the cat.
Cougar Network News, 3/3/09
Nebraska resident Bob Marsteller used a trail camera to obtain yet another excellent photo of a cougar. This picture was taken on March 2, 2009 approximately seven miles northwest of Harrison NE. This is in the very northwest corner of the state in the Pine Ridge area.
National Geographic News, 3/3/09
The first wild jaguar to be caught in the U. S. was recaptured just a few weeks later on Monday and put to sleep the same day, wildlife officials said.
Arizona Star, 2/22/09
The jaguar, age 15 to 16, has been called "Macho B" by scientists for some time. It was first photographed in Arizona in 1996 by Jack Childs of the Jaguar Border Detection Project based in Amado. Data from the tracking collar will provide specifics about where the jaguar goes, rests and forages, and whether he crosses into Mexico.
Arizona Game and Fish, 2/19/09
The male jaguar was incidentally captured Wednesday during a research study monitoring habitat for mountain lions and black bears. The collared jaguar weighed in at 118 lbs. with a thick and solid build. Field biologists' assessment shows the cat to be healthy and hardy.
Omaha World-Herald, 1/31/09
A mountain lion appears to be passing through eastern Nebraska. NG&PC confirmed cougar tracks in the snow near the Loup River west of Columbus on Friday. The likely same cat was photographed upstream on the Loup River on Jan. 12.
A female 70 lb. mountain lion was killed in a neighborhood of Scottsbluff. She was up in a tree near the high school and was shot when she came down from the tree.
Cougar Network News, 1/21/09
Thirteen authors with over 200 years of combined experience with cougars collaborated to bring the best available science on cougar management and conservation under one cover. This terrific publication can now be obtained for only $12.00 plus shipping and handling. Click on link above to order.
Cougar Network News, 1/21/09
Jack and Anna Childs have written a book all big cat lovers should read. It not only tells the story of treeing the first jaguar in Arizona in decades but it also tells the story of how this changed their lives. Jack was a guest speaker at last year's Cougar Field Workshop where he gave a talk on his experiences. There are also many trail camera pictures of wildlife along the border with Mexico in the book.
2008 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
Cougar Network News, 12/30/08
The third Cougar Field Workshop is to be held March 9-13, 2009 on the spectacular Ladder Ranch in southwest New Mexico in the heart of cougar country. The workshop is limited to ten participants. Wildlife agency personnel will be given priority registration. This workshop is truly the only one of its kind in the nation that will provide you a complete package of training in cougar behavior and biology, sign reading, agency consideration, field investigations, media relations and more.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new recovery plan for the endangered Florida Panther. The plan calls for building new populations outside the endangered cat's South Florida stronghold for the future, while concurrently working to strengthen the existing South Florida population.
State wildlife agents said they had no choice but to kill a cougar in a Bossier City neighborhood after a tranquilizer dart did not work fast enough. See video of incident at above link.
Cougar Network News, 11/29/08
Nebraska resident Bob Marsteller used a trail camera to obtain yet another excellent photo of a cougar. This picture was taken on September 7, 2008 in Sioux County. This is in the very northwest corner of the state in the Pine Ridge area.
Omaha World Herald, 11/25/08
A mountain lion killed by a deer hunter in northwest Nebraska was a rare specimen. It was a female.
A cougar was killed in Gregory County by an archery hunter. Officials think it was the same one reportedly hit by a vehicle earlier.
CBC News, 11/20/08
Photos taken with a surveillance camera on Nov. 11 at a home in the Cape Coppermine subdivision were submitted to Manitoba Conservation, said zoologist Bill Watkins. "We had a Conservation Officer visit the site. Everything matches and they found the tracks."
Cougar Network News, 10/20/08
A workshop on our native wild cats will be held on Nov 21-23 in Rowe MA by Sue Morse of Keeping Track. Click on the above for details.
Private citizens sent trail camera pictures from two different sites to the department in September. LDWF conducted site investigations that confirmed the authenticity of the photographs. The first photograph was taken in Natchitoches Parish on September 4, and the second was taken in Allen Parish on September 29. The sites are approximately 100 miles apart, leading to speculation that the same cougar could be in both photos.
Reginald Leader Post, 10/7/08
A South Dakota cougar's 900 kilometer journey ended with three gunshots today on Saskatoon's west side. Marvin Hlady, with the Ministry of Environment, is uncertain how the cougar got to Saskatoon, but said it may have been following the Saskatchewan River system.
Summit Daily News, 8/23/08
In the last two years, reproduction plummeted to zero, prompting biologists to speculate that snowshoe hare populations might be dipping to a normal cyclical low. Although the cycle is well understood in the northern reaches of Canada, more research is needed in Colorado to determine to what degree hare populations fluctuate and whether there are enough to sustain a healthy population of lynx.
Kansas City InFozine, 8/7/08
Tissue samples taken from a cougar killed in Barber County in November 2007 indicates North American origin. According to KDWP Biologist Matt Peek, "While this test does not conclusively prove the lion was wild, there was no outward indication it had been in captivity, and KDWP officials believe it probably was wild."
Dr. Jim Sanderson, a scientist with the Small Cat Conservation Alliance and Conservation International, is working to save some of the world's rarest cats, including the Andean cat and Guigna of South America and the Bay, Flat-headed and Marbled cats of Southeast Asia. In the process, Sanderson has captured on film some of the planet's least seen animals, including some species that have never before been photographed.
Cougar Network News, 8/3/08
On October 30, 2007, a trail camera set by Nick Schaller caught an image of a cougar on his family's property in the hill country of Houston County. This location is approximately 3 km north of New Albin, Iowa and 4 km west of the Wisconsin border.
Cougar Network News, 7/16/08
A Florida panther habitat preservation initiative is proposed by a broad coalition of leading conservation organizations and small and large farmers and ranchers in Eastern Collier County who are committed to setting the endangered Florida panther on a path to recovery. This collaborative approach suggest the protection of a significant contiguous range of panther habitat - potentially as much as 2,500,000 acres in public and private lands.
Grand Junction Newspapers, 7/11/08
After four exciting years of healthy reproduction, Canada lynx in Colorado have for the last two years failed to produce kittens, wildlife researchers this week told the Colorado Wildlife Commission. Reproduction of young and having those young survive to maturity are key elements in the 10-year old lynx reproduction program, lead Colorado Division of Wildlife field researcher Tanya Shenk said.
The Lexington Herald Leader, 6/22/08
Dr. David Maehr died tragically on Friday in a plane crash at Placid Lakes Airport in Highland County, Florida. He was studying black bears at the Archbold Biological Station at Lake Placid. Dr. Maehr was a conservation biologist and Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky's Department of Forestry. He was internationally known for his research on elk, Florida panthers, and black bears.
BioScience, June, 2008
Anecdotal occurrence data (unverifiable observations of organisms or their sign) and inconclusive physical data are often used to assess the current and historical range of rare or elusive species. However, the use of such data for species conservation can lead to large errors of omission and commission, which can influence the allocation of limited funds and the efficacy of subsequent conservation efforts.
Nebraska officials on Friday confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion in northeast Nebraska last weekend, the first confirmation in Knox County since 2004. Tom Welstead of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said commission experts in Lincoln had checked his reports and photographs and agreed: what Ron Olson had seen Sunday was indeed a mountain lion.
Cougar Network News, 5/16/08
Provincial wildlife officials consider a photograph of a cougar taken on May 11th on a farm in northwest Plum Coulee to be a valid confirmation. Video has been taken at the site of the photograph. The items in the background on video footage match the items in the background on the still photo. Plum Coulee is close to the North Dakota border.
Chicago Tribune, 4/30/08
DNA test results show that the cougar police shot April 16 on the North Side of Chicago was the same animal that left blood drops in southern Wisconsin in January, Cook County animal control officials said Wednesday. The cougar's genes link it to a population from the Black Hills of South Dakota according to Wisconsin officials. The Wisconsin DNR has now produced a timeline for this cougar's travels.
Cougar Network News, 4/30/08
The USF&WS will be preparing an environmental assessment of alternatives for the management of mountain lions at the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.
Cougar Network News, 4/29/08
Dr. Clay Nielsen and Michelle LaRue have published a paper titled "Modeling potential dispersal corridors for cougars in midwestern North America using least-cost path methods" in the Journal of Ecological Modeling. The analysis provides the first description of potential dispersal corridors for cougars from established western populations into the Midwest.
Daily Herald, 4/15/08
A cougar was shot and killed by police Monday in an alley on Chicago's North Side. Where it came from and whether it is the same animal recently seen in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois was not immediately known.
Cougar Network News, 4/14/08
Iowa Tribal Police documented a cougar near Perkins, Oklahoma via surveillance camera on March 21, 2008. The location is about three kilometers south of Perkins and about one kilometer west of HW 177. The tribal property lies immediately south of the Cimarron River, a potential dispersal corridor for transient cats.
Jackson Hole News & Guide, 4/2/08
Researchers say a mixed family of six discovered by observing a female mother with a radio collar could be a first in the world of cougar research.
WisconsinDNR Press Release, 3/26/08
Genetic testing indicates that a cougar observed last January near Milton is a male of North American origin, the DNR announced today. The genetics also indicated a possible connection with South Dakota cougars. "This does not eliminate the possibility of captive origins, but it does make it more likely the cougar is completely wild," said DNR mammal ecologist Adrian Wydeven. The last known wild cougars in Wisconsin disappeared during the early part of the last century.
The Wichita Eagle, 3/26/08
A Barber County landowner shot the adult male mountain lion on his property west of Medicine Lodge last November. Officials believe it is probably the first documented wild mountain lion in Kansas in more than 100 years.
As bottlenecks go, they don't get much narrower. Florida panthers, nearly wiped out in the early 20th century, dropped to a population size of as little as six animals. A genetic analysis now shows this could have included just one female, meaning that the current population had just one ancestral mother.
Cougar Network News, 3/14/08
Cougar tracks were found March 7 northeast of Elkhorn in Walworth County by state conservation warden Jason Roberts. DNR mammal ecologist Adrian Wydeven verified the tracks as that of a cougar from photos taken at the scene. The location of tracks near Elkhorn is about 23 miles east-southeast of a cougar confirmation two months ago in Rock County.
Green Bay Press Gazette, 3/13/08
Adrian Wydeven, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Natural Resources in Park Falls, said that DNA tests verify the cougar's mother is North American. Tests to determine its paternity remained pending, and its track size made its sex uncertain. Wydeven said the tracks looked somewhat small for an adult male, but within the range of females and possibly young males.
The paw print at Tomoka State Park in Volusia County was much too big for even the biggest bobcat. Darrell Land, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist who leads the state's panther team, is convinced. "We have absolutely confirmed it is a panther," Land said of the Volusia findings.
Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/12/08
Cougars thrived in Missouri before they were hunted to extinction here in the early 20th century. A new study contends much of their habitat remains intact and there numbers could one day rebound.
Cougar Network News, 3/8/08
The 2nd Cougar Field Workshop held at the spectacular Ladder Ranch in New Mexico from February 18-22 was a great success. Cougar Network co-founder Ken Miller attended as an observer and has written an article about the adventure to appear in the next issue of Wild Cat News. Some of the presentations given at the workshop can be accessed by clicking the above link.
Cougar Network News, 3/5/08
South Dakota has a cougar population currently estimated at 200 individuals. During 2007, 67 cougar carcasses were recovered by the state. Over the past 48 months, 188 cougar carcasses have been recovered, 33 due to vehicle strikes alone.
Nielsen's two year study looked at potential cougar habitat in nine midwestern and prairie states: Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. Since 1990, researchers with the non-profit Cougar Network have confirmed more than 150 cougar presences throughout this region, he said. The research revealed several large areas in the Midwest that offer ideal habitat for these cats.
Bismarck Tribune, 2/25/08
The female kitten (5 to 8 month old, 45 lbs.) is the 4th cougar to be caught in a trap and reported to NDGFD this winter in western North Dakota. Three other cougars were caught in December; a 102 lb. 4-5 year old female and what is believed to be its 78 lb. 1-2 year offspring on the same day, and a 2 1/2 year old male that weighted 150 lbs. All three were found dead in the traps.
Chicago Tribune, 2/22/08
Since 1990, Nielsen's group has confirmed dozens of sightings from the Great Plains to Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. Two males appear to have crossed the Mississippi into Illinois this decade. Female cougars don't roam as readily as males, and ecologists have yet to identify signs that a breeding population has moved into the Midwest.
USA Today, 2/15/08
States in the Midwest and South that have not been home to mountain lions in the past century are starting to see some migrating big cats within their borders. Wildlife officials say their numbers may increase if the trend of more females roaming into their regions continues.
Wisconsin Public Television, 2/14/08
WPT inteviews Wisconsin DNR biologist Adrian Wydeven about cougar reports in the state. This very interesting segment covers the recent confirmation of a cougar in Wisconsin, as well as the numerous frauds, hoaxes and misidentifications that are regularly reported to the DNR. Watch video of interview from link above.
Environmental News Service, 2/12/08
Jaguars in northern Mexico have a newly protected habitat today due to the official establishment of the Northern Jaguar Reserve in the state of Sonora. "In this remote and rugged area of northern Sonora, a small population of 80-120 jaguars struggles to avoid extinction," said Diana Hadley, president of the Northern Jaguar Project based in Tucson.
North Platte Bulletin, 2/11/08
Wildlife biologists have determined that a young male mountain lion that was hit in 2005 by a vehicle on I-80 near Gretna moved hundreds of miles across the state from the northwest. The finding was made from tissue in the claw of the lion.
Cougar Network News, 2/7/08
The 100 lb. male, estimated to be one to two years old, was shot on the north side of town. It was the first confirmed mountain lion sighting in Nebraska since one in Banner Country, just south of Scottsbluff, last October 31. Scottsbluff is located just north of ideal mountain lion habitat in the Wildcat Hills.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/5/08
The DNR confirmed Tuesday that DNA tests concluded that a large cat seen leaping from a hayloft on Jan. 18 in Rock County was a cougar. If it is determined to be wild, it would be the first evidence that cougars had returned to Wisconsin since the early 1900s. Additional testing from a U. S. Forest Service laboratory in Missoula, Montana will determine the sex of the cat and the subspecies.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/24/08
A game warden and biologist, Doug Fendry, tracked the footprints for more than a mile before quitting. They took photos and captured samples of urine and blood that was sent Thursday to a laboratory in Montana for DNA testing. The blood might have come from an injured paw. The DNA test may help to determine whether the animal was of wild or captive origin.
Green Valley News, 1/17/08
At 3PM on Friday, January 25, Jack Childs and Emil McCain will be offering "On the Trail of the Jaguar" - a Powerpoint presentation, discussion and book signing at the Casa de Esperanza Community Center. This presentation will focus on the outcomes of the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project. The book discussing their findings "Ambushed on the Jaguar Trail: Hidden Cameras Along the Mexico Border" will be available for sale in April 2008.
The News-Press, 1/13/08
State biologists said 43 panther kits were born, more than any other year on record. Experts say there are probably more than 43, since those are the ones born to radio collared females, and others were probably born to uncollared, unknown cats. Twenty-three panthers were known to have died including 15 killed by vehicles.
Bismark Tribune, 1/9/08
Three mountain lions in the Badlands have been snared accidentally since mid-December in devices set out to trap bobcats. A pair of cats is believed to be a mother and offspring that were caught 100 yards apart. The third animal was an adult male. Four mountain lions were accidentally trapped during the previous season. Of those, one survived and was tranquilized and fitted with a radio collar.
Cougar Network News, 1/2/08
A mountain lion has been killed near Cogswell, in southeastern North Dakota not far from the Minnesota border. Game and Fish Department officials said the cougar was killed by coyote hunters on January 2. Officials said the cat was a young male and weighed about 100 lbs.
2007 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
Cougar Network News, 12/19/07
The Cougar Network is very pleased to announce that noted Borderland Jaguar Detection Project Leaders Jack Childs and Emil McCain will be serving as instructors at the "Second Cougar Field Workshop" in February 2008. They will be lending their expertise on detecting the differences between canine, cougar and jaguar sign. The workshop will be held at Ted Turner's spectacular Ladder Ranch, in the heart of cougar country in New Mexico. For more information on the workshop, click on the link above. For more information on the Borderland Jaguar Detection Project, go to http://www.swjag.org/aboutus.html.
Cougar Network News, 12/12/07
The Northern Jaguar Project is purchasing lands in northern Mexico vital to establishing a reserve for jaguars and other endangered wildlife. Only 120 miles south of the border, this area holds the hope for jaguars returning to the U. S. For more information, click on the link above and also go to http://northernjaguarproject.org/reserve/next.aspx.
A female mountain lion was killed in Miner County, South Dakota by a landowner. This is in the southeast part of the state far from the established population in the Black Hills.
Cougar Network News, 11/25/07
The Cougar Network is in the process of distributing the September 2007 issue of "Wild Cat News" to its members. This latest issue includes a fascinating article about Siberian tigers ("New Tricks for Old Tiger Catchers"), informative articles about: Florida road kills ("Florida Panther Road Kills"), using dogs to catch cougars ("Turning up the Heat"), the use of remote cameras for lynx ("Testing Remote Cameras for Surveying Canada Lynx"), followed by a camera trap study in Virginia ("Virginia Tech Camera Trap Study"). As always, editor Scott Wilson has worked his magic by presenting this issue in a beautiful format. Non-members may view the issue's cover and contents by clicking the link above. The entire issue can be obtained by becoming a member of The Cougar Network.
Bismarck Tribune, 11/14/07
That all five mountain lions killed in the Badlands season were females isn't a surprise to the biologist who examined them. "When you have a population of mountain lions that are lightly hunted, females are more abundant," NDG&F Department biologist Dorothy Fecske stated.
Cougar Network News, 11/6/07
Biologist Eric York passed away unexpectedly on November 2, 2007. He was 37 years old. In recent years, Eric had been biologist for the National Park Service studying cougars in Grand Canyon National Park. In addition to extensive work with cougars, Eric had also worked with fishing cats in Nepal, Andean mountain cats in South America, snow leopards in Pakistan, and lynx in Maine. A follow-up article indicates plague is the cause of death.
Cougar Network News, 11/4/07
Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge, Inc. has released its November, 2007 update.
Cougar Network News, 10/26/07
Nebraska resident Bob Marsteller used a trail camera to obtain yet another excellent photo of a cougar. This picture was taken on September 18, 2007. The location is approximately seven mile northwest of Harrison, NE in Sioux County. This in in the very northwest corner of the state in the Pine Ridge area. Spotting on the animal's coat suggests this is a likely dispersal age yearling.
NAPLES DAILY NEWS RUNS 3 PART SERIES ON FLORIDA PANTHER
Cougar Network News, 10/24/07
Cougar Network News, 10/20/07
The Wild Felid Research and Management Association (WFA) is a new professional non-profit association of researchers, educators, and others dedicated to the management and conservation of wild felids in the Western Hemisphere based on sound scientific principles.
Minot Daily News, 10/12/07
Dorothy Fescke, furbearer biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, estimated the kittens' age to be between six and eight weeks. "We have documented lion activity in the Killdeer Mountains over the past few years or so from sighting information the last two seasons," said Fescke.
Columbia Missourian, 9/24/07
Dave Hamilton, dedicated resource scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation and great friend, advisor and collaborator of the Cougar Network, died of cardiac arrest on September 8. He was 52. Dave will be greatly missed by all those who knew and worked with him.
Cougar Network News, 9/24/07
The 9th Mountain Lion Workshop will be held May 5-8, 2008 in Sun Valley, Idaho. This workshop will be featuring the 40th year anniversary of the landmark mountain lion study conducted my Maurice Hornocker in the central Idaho wilderness. Click here to access the call for papers (in Word format).
Cougar Network News, 9/22/07
Arden Petersen, regional wildlife manager for the state Game, Fish & Parks Department in Sioux Falls, said Friday there was a confirmed mountain lion sighting about five miles north of Hartford, in Minnehana County. Minnehana County is adjacent to Rock County, Minnesota and Lyon County, Iowa. Dogs brought in from the Black Hills to find a mountain lion that killed two goats were unable to track the big cat. Lions make occasional appearances in Minnehana County and tend to follow rivers and streams, Petersen said.
Cougar Network News, 9/20/07
Landowner Jim Schubitzke's trailcam took an excellent photo of a cougar in northeastern Minnesota, approximately 20 miles east of the Mississippi River. The photo was taken on August 20, 2007 at 11:10PM.
Associated Press, 9/20/07
Officials say three mountain lions have been killed in western North Dakota, in an area that has a quota of five before the season closes. Two were taken this week. The latest was killed Tuesday by a bow hunter in northern Dunn Country, a young female about a year to a year and a half old. It weighed 60 lbs.
Scripps Newspaper Group, 9/12/07
A two year old Florida panther was struck and killed Wednesday on Alligator Alley just east of the State Road 29 exit, state wildlife officials said. The male panther's death is the 15th this year as a result of vehicle collision, the most ever in a year by far. The previous high was 11, set last year. A total of 19 panthers have been killed overall this year.
Bismarck Tribune, 9/13/07
A mountain lion found dead in a farmer's field Tuesday southeast of Mott was a young male that probably was dispersing. The one to two and a half year old cat was probably hit by a vehicle, said Erika Butler, NDGFD wildlife veterinarian, who did the the preliminary analysis of the body Wednesday morning.
Cougar Network News, 8/26/07
Nebraska resident Bob Marsteller used a trail camera to obtain his third set of excellent photos of a cougar in recent years (click on above link). These pictures were taken on July 18, 2007 in the northwest corner of the state in Sioux County.
Cougar Network News, 8/20/07
The Cougar Network announced today that veteran cougar researcher Chuck Anderson has joined its Board of Directors. Director Harley Shaw stated, “We are extremely pleased that Chuck has agreed to join the Board. I cannot think of anyone better-suited to help guide the organization. The son of Chuck Anderson Sr., a highly respected outfitter and cougar houndsman, he literally grew up with cougars and has a depth of knowledge at the practical level that most of us had to learn after we became involved with the species. Over the past two decades, Chuck has worked with three different western state wildlife agencies, so he brings to The Cougar Network a unique understanding of cougar management practices. He also has a firm grasp of the difficulties inherent to cougar politics. Add to that his academic work, and you have a combination of credentials that are very hard to find.”
Cougar Network News, 7/13/07
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recovered the carcass of an 80 lb. male mountain lion that had been killed by a vehicle near Chadron, Nebraska on July 10. The mountain lion measured 64 inches from nose to tail. This is the 7th mountain lion confirmation in Nebraska in 2007 and the 41st since 1990.
Naples Daily News, 6/28/07
A Florida panther found dead on US 41 East in Miami-Dade County brings this year's panther collisions with vehicles to 14, well over the record 11 set last year. The 120 lb. male panther was recovered Wednesday morning by FWC wildlife officers. Estimated to be four years old, the panther was not wearing a radio collar nor did it have a transponder chip.
Naples Daily News, 6/25/07
Two panthers died late Friday or early Saturday on Southwest Florida roads, the 12th and 13th to perish this year after run-ins with vehicle grills. The two locations are about ten miles apart. The first fatality broke a tie for the most vehicle related panther deaths in a single year, and the second elevated the record to a new high. Four of this year's road kills have come in June.
Naples Daily News, 6/23/07
The body of a Florida panther was found Saturday along a rural Collier County highway, making 2007 the deadliest year on record for panther killed on roadways. The animal, estimated to be 2-3 years old, had a kinked tail and no transponder chip. Road strikes are the #1 cause of Florida panther deaths.
Cougar Network News, 6/21/07
The Cougar Network is in the process of distributing the May 2007 issue of "Wild Cat News" to its members. The latest issue includes a beautifully illustrated article about "The Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project," as well as articles about cougar research in California, Central & South America and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Non-members may view the issue's cover and contents by clicking the link above. The entire issue can be obtained by becoming a member of the Cougar Network.
Naples Daily News, 6/15/07
An 83 lb. male panther, believed to be 12-15 months old, was hit and killed Thursday on State Road 82 in Lee County about 3/4 mile west of Sunshine Boulevard. A witness said the animal appeared to be crossing S.R. 82 toward the north when it was run down. The 10th panther road kill death occurred on Monday in Collier County.
Cougar Network News, 6/9/07
In its on-going effort to assist wildlife agencies and the general public, The Cougar Network has published a Puma Field Guide authored by leading wildlife biologists Harley Shaw, Paul Beier, Melanie Culver, and Melissa Grigione. The guide covers the Biological Considerations, General Life History, Identification, Assessment, and Management of Puma Concolor.
Cougar Network News, 6/7/07
This is the fourth annual report on National Park Service panther work in Big Cypress National Preserve. It covers capture and monitoring efforts between 7/1/05 and 6/30/06 in the study area which consists of all lands (217,410 ha) within the Preserve boundary south of I-75. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission monitors panthers in the remaining 75,340 ha of Big Cypress north of I-75.
Bismarck Tribune, 6/1/07
A 46 pound female lion, about eight months old, was killed Sunday near Mandaree in McKenzie County, said Fred Poitra, director of the Three Affiliated Tribes Game and Fish Division. Mandaree is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. This article also discusses the cougar killed in the NW corner of ND.
Biologist Dorothy Fescke said the 112 lb. lion was about 21/2 years old and most likely was wandering through the area. The animal was killed in Fortuna, a town in Divide County in the extreme northwest corner of North Dakota near the Saskatchewan border.
Down East Magazine, 6/1/07
Confirmed accounts of mountain lion sightings in Maine in the past half century can be counted on the fingers of one hand, with digits left over. Yet every year, dozens if not hundreds of Mainers swear they have seen one.
National Geographic News, 5/22/07
Capturing and tagging mountain lions are vital steps in the Colorado Division of Wildlife's ten year study of the big cats' population in the state. Scientists hope that understanding the cats' lives and deaths, including the impact of hunting, will help officials make better management decisions.
Naples Daily News, 5/9/07
The death of a reclusive female panther Tuesday night on US 1 in southern Miami-Dade County may signal that the rare species is expanding its territory, a state biologist said Wednesday.
Cougar Network News, 5/1/07
Nebraska resident Bob Marsteller has taken a 2nd set of trail cam photos of a cougar. He also got some excellent pictures in the same area in late 2004 and early 2005. The pictures were taken in March and April, 2007. One was taken in the daytime and one at night.
Defenders Magazine, 4/20/07
A team of Missouri biologists help sort out cat fact from cat fancy.
MyFox Tampa Bay, 4/18/07
A rare Florida panther was apparently killed by a car in eastern Polk county. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, it was the first documented panther death in the Polk county area.
Minot Daily News, 4/18/07
The carcass of a mountain lion has been pulled from the ice pack on Lake Sakakawea in northwest North Dakota. New Town residents Henry and Ken Mathews reported seeing a paw stickiing up through the ice this past Saturday. The lion was freed from its icy resting place about 4PM and turned over to North Dakota Game and Fish Department personnel who took it to Bismarck for testing.
Orlando Sentinal, 3/21/07
A male panther was found dead on Interstate 4 near Walt Disney World on Wednesday, officials said. The panther, which was wearing a radio collar, was probably hit by a vehicle. The panther was the second to be killed along the I-4 corridor in the past year. The last animal was found April 11, 2006. At least 11 panthers were killed by cars in the state in 2006 setting a new record, according to wildlife officials.
Cougar Network News, 2/28/07
The Northeast Region of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has initiated a status review for the eastern cougar. A news release on the review and a new eastern cougar Web site were released to the public this afternoon.
Bismarck Tribune, 2/6/07
A young mountain lion was found dead last week in a bobcat snare in McKenzie County. The 50 lb. male lion was found Jan. 30 by a trapper about 10 miles northwest of Grassy Butte in the Badlands, the NDG&F Department announced Monday. The immature cat was the second inadvertently taken in a two week span in roughly the same area.
WG&F is seeking a predator biologist to coordinate data collection, management and research primarily for mountain lions, but also for black bears, grizzly bears, and wolves. You can learn more about this unique and exciting opportunity by clicking the link above.
Cougar Network News, 1/30/07
South Dakota has a cougar population currently estimated at 200 individuals. During 2006, 56 cougar carcasses were recovered in the state. Causes of death include control actions (16), hunter harvest (16), vehicle strikes (9), incidental snaring (7), electrocution (1), justified shooting (1), accidental deaths (2), and unknown causes (4). Over the past 36 months, 121 cougar carcasses have been recovered. 27 cougars have died over that time due to vehicle strikes alone.
Cougar Network News, 1/28/07
The Cougar Network is in the process of distributing the Dec. 2006 issue of "Wild Cat News" to its members. This latest issue includes beautifully illustrated articles about cougars, little spotted cats in Brazil, Iowa bobcats, Texas ocelots and the trapping of wild felids for research. Non-members may view the issue's cover and contents by clicking the link above. The issue itself can be obtained by becoming a member of The Cougar Network.
A cougar kitten was snared in a trap meant for bobcats, about 15 miles southwest of Watford City. The animal was later killed because of its condition, state Game and Fish officials said.
Winnipeg Free Press, 1/9/07
A farmer near Duck Mountain Provincial Park came upon an elk calf that had just been killed. He suspected a cougar was to blame. At daybreak the next day, he had the proof; photos of the big elusive cat returning to feed.
Cougar Network News, 1/7/07
The Florida panther annual report spanning the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006 has been released. The document contains a wealth of valuable information on panthers and their biology. Of particular interest is the comprehensive mortality and injury data, which highlights the species' vulnerability on roads. 94 panthers have been hit on roads since 1972, with 56 having been hit since 2000.
2006 COUGAR NETWORK NEWS
Bismarck Tribune, 12/28/06
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is continuing to step up its research efforts. In addition to the recent radio collaring of a sub-adult male, biologists are performing DNA analysis of cats found in the state and will be conducting the first ever large scale mountain lion tracking survey in the Badlands.
Cougar Network News, 12/13/06
The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed the 9th and 10th documented mountain lion occurrences in the Show-Me state in modern times. One animal was captured on a trail camera on December 7 in Livingstone County (see previous breaking news item below), while a cougar killed deer was confirmed in November in Shannon County.
Naples Daily News, 12/12/06
A Florida panther was killed when hit by a vehicle on County Line Road just off Immokalee Road this morning. It is the 11th panther, the most in a year, to die on roads this year.
Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, 12/12/06
A photo of a cougar snapped last Thursday in Livingston County has been confirmed by MDC's Mountain Lion Response Team as "for real." This is the first confirmed sighting of a wild mountain lion in north central Missouri, and is the first one confirmed anywhere in the state since a road killed lion in Callaway County in 2003.
The male cat was estimated to be about 1 1/2 years old, weighing 108 lbs. It was caught in a trap set for bobcats. The animal was fitted with a radio collar and released, a first in North Dakota.
The fifth mountain lion has been killed in North Dakota. This means the season is now closed. The cat was shot near New Salem this morning.
Yesterday, a female mountain lion was hit and injured by a vehicle on a county road yesterday near Dawson. The owner of the vehicle then shot the lion with a rifle. The cat was about three years old and weighed about 100 lbs.
Bismarck Tribune, 10/31/06
A Bismarck man shot and killed a mountain lion this past Saturday afternoon near Washburn. "It was a sub-adult male, estimated to be between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 years old, so it was a dispersing male," said Dorothy Fescke, furbearer biologist with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. "They typically disperse between 13 and 18 months of age. He was looking for new territory. Based on the fat reserves, it was a healthy, young male."
A man killed the second mountain lion of the season after it got into a scrap with one of his bird dogs. The location was Lansford, in the north central part of the state (200 miles from the Badlands). The cat was a healthy adult female between three and four years old and had never had young, Dorothy Fecske, furbearer biologist for the NDGFD, said Thursday afternoon after doing a preliminary examination of the lion. It weighed 104 lbs. and measured 83 inches from its nose to the tip of its tail.
Cougar Network News, 10/10/06
A genetic lab analysis has confirmed the presence of a cougar in Forillon National Park, located at the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula. The lab was able to determine that the hair sample came from a cougar of the North American genotype.
Cougar Network News, 10/2/06
A mountain lion that had wandered into Scottsbluff Monday morning was shot and killed by Game and Parks Supervisor Jim Zimmerman. The mountain lion was a young male, estimated to be about a year and a half old and weighing 85 to 90 lbs.
A ND Game and Fish official said the young mountain lion weighed 26 lbs. and although it was too young to meet state regulations, it will count toward the five cat quota for this year's ND mountain lion season in the state. It was killed in the Badlands region.
Cougar Network News, 9/20/06
The Cougar Network has completed its September 2006 issue of "Wild Cat News" and is in the process of distributing it to members. This latest issue features beautifully illustrated articles on jaguars, cougars, Andean mountain cats, ocelots, margays, little spotted cats, pampas cats, Geoffrey's cats, and jaguarondis. Non-members may view the issue's cover and contents by clicking the link above. The entire issue can be received by becoming a member of the Cougar Network.
A state game warden has killed a mountain lion that was attacking livestock in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Wildlife officials believe this is the first confirmed case of a mountain lion killing livestock in Oklahoma.
Cougar Network News, 8/18/06
The Cougar Network announced today that it has modified its "Big Picture" map of known cougar range to include the Badlands region of North Dakota. This decision was made after a careful review of the available data and consultations with biologists from the North Dakota Game & Fish Department.
Cougar Network News, 8/15/06
This map summarizes 31 instances in which the NPGC has documented cougars in the state since 1991. Included are seven incidents from 2005 and seven which have occurred through 8/15/06 in 2006. These 2006 confirmations are now reflected on the Cougar Network's "Big Picture" map but not yet on the regional map. We will update the regional map shortly.
ND Game and Fish Dept., 7/12/06
NG&F has completed a report on the status of mountain lions in North Dakota. Data indicates that the species has either re-colonized, or is in the process of re-colonizing, a portion of the Badlands. An initial habitat analysis indicates that only about 2% of the state represents suitable mountain lion habitat (Badlands and Missouri Breaklands).
A rancher killed a female mountain lion on his Badlands ranch after he found it fighting with his dogs, the state Game and Fish Department said Monday. Game Warden Brent Schwan said the lion appeared to be a young female weighing about 80 lbs.
Cougar Network News, 7/7/06
A young male mountain lion was apparently killed by a semi on the Highway 20 bridge near Valentine on June 27 and the carcass was collected on July 3 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff, according to Sam Wilson, the Commission's nongame and furbearer program manager. Wilson said that when the carcass was recovered, it was wearing a radio-tracking collar that indicated the mountain lion had traveled to Cherry County from the Black Hills region of South Dakota.
Cougar Network News, 5/1/06
The Cougar Network announced today that it has produced a CD containing a compilation of original articles and scientific papers on wild cat research and conservation. The CD includes the first three issues of the Network's highly regarded publication "Wild Cat News" (June 2005 - April 2006), as well as the proceedings of all eight Mountain Lion Workshops (1976-2005).
Cougar Network News, 4/29/06
The Cougar Network announced today that veteran cougar researcher Chuck Anderson has joined its Board of Advisors. The Network's Dr. Clay Nielsen stated, "We are extremely pleased that Chuck has agreed to join our Board of Advisors. He is one of the world's leading authorities on mountain lions, having worked with them in several western states over the past two decades. His advice and counsel have been invaluable to us over the past few years. We look forward to working with him even more closely as we pursue an ambitious research agenda."
A male Florida was killed on Interstate 4 near the heart of central Florida's tourism corridor. This is approximately 120 miles from the northern extent of known breeding range. Biologists said the panther likely wandered into traffic near the Celebration exit in Osceola County and was struck and killed by a vehicle. In the last three months, Fish and Wildlife officers said they have found 10 Florida panthers dead across the state -- five of them were hit by cars, the report said.
Cougar Network News, 4/23/06
The Cougar Network has completed its April 2006 issue of "Wild Cat News" and is in the process of distributing it to members. This latest issue of the tri-annual publication features beautifully illustrated articles on jaguars, bobcats, lynx and cougars. Non-members may view the issue's cover and contents by clicking the link above. The entire issue can be received by becoming a member of The Cougar Network.
Kansas City InfoZone, 4/22/06
According to biologist Dave Hamilton, the change in the cougar's designation from Endangered to Extirpated does not change its protected status under Missouri's Wildlife Code. The change in designation reflects the absence of scientific evidence for the existence of a breeding population in Missouri.
A female mountain lion made a surprisingly long trip across Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Scientists this week had an unprecedented look at that journey because of GPS technology, which is also showing that mountain lions come closer to humans than many people think.
Gazette News Service, 2/20/06
A mountain lion killed recently by a Lewistown, MT hunter was radio collared three years ago in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 450 miles away. The lion was one of 65 collared to determine dispersal patterns of juvenile lions, said Jonathan Jenks, a wildlife professor at South Dakota State University. Another SD lion was killed by a Montana hunter south of Custer in Treasure County, he said. Others in the study have ended up in northwestern Minnesota and in Oklahoma.
Cougar Network News, 2/18/06
Nebraska resident Bob Marsteller used a trail camera to obtain his second excellent photo of a cougar since October, 2005. The location is approximately seven miles northwest of Harrison, NE in Sioux County. This is the very northwest corner of the state in the Pine Ridge area. The picture was taken sometime between December 25, 2005 and February 15, 2006.
Cougar Network News, 1/31/06
The Technical/Agency Draft of the Third Revision of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on the link above (the title) to download the documents.
Cougar Network News, 1/26/06
South Dakota began 2005 with an estimated population of 165 cougars. During 2005, 40 cougar carcasses were recovered in the state. Causes of death include vehicle strikes (9), control actions (8), incidental snaring (2), euthanasia (1), drowning (1), miscellaneous other (5), and hunter harvest (13). A hunter killed a feral cougar that was declawed and is not counted in the above numbers. Over the past 24 months, 18 cougars have died as a result of vehicle strikes. Note that the link above is to an Excel file.
Bismarck Tribune, 1/16/06
The fifth mountain lion taken was a 4-6 month old female, according to Dorothy Fecske, NDGFD furbearer biologist. It weighed 39 lbs. and measured 62 1/2 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail. "It probably still was traveling with its mother. That further confirms that we have resident breeding animals," Fecske said. "As far as how many, I can't estimate at this point." Fecske believes at least three of the five mountain lions harvested in the North Dakota hunting season were resident animals.
Associated Press, 1/15/06
A hunter killed a young mountain lion northwest of Grassy Butte on Sunday, the fifth cougar killed since a special North Dakota hunting season opened last fall. The season is now closed. The young female lion weighed 39 lbs. and was taken with the aid of dogs. North Dakota hunters harvested three males and two females during the abbreviated season. All five cats were taken in the same general area in western North Dakota.
Associated Press, 1/9/06
A hunter shot a cougar north of Belfield on Friday, after tracking it with two dogs for about three hours. The mountain lion weighed 111 lbs. and was nearly seven feet long. The state Game and Fish Department Wildlife Division Chief Randy Kreil said it was a two year old male. Dorothy Fecske, a furbearer biologist with the Department, said all four cougars taken in the hunt this year have been killed in the same general area in western North Dakota.
Associated Press, 1/3/06
A man out hunting mountain lions shot one of the big cats on 12/31/05 west of Grassy Butte, ND. This is the third lion killed since a special mountain lion season opened last fall. The 140 lb. adult male was delivered to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department on Monday, 1/2/06. A necropsy will be performed after the carcass thaws out.
Cougar Network News, 1/2/06
The Florida panther annual report spanning the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 had been released. The document contains a wealth of valuable information on panthers and their biology. Of particular interest is the comprehensive mortality and injury data, which highlights the species' vulnerability on roads. 84 panthers have been hit on roads since 1972, with 46 having been hit since 2000.