Eastern Cougar Declared By The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service To Be Extinct

By on Mar 3, 2011 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments
Eastern Cougar
A Preserved Eastern Cougar In
A Museum In Pennsylvania

Image Credit: State Museum of Pennsylvania/
AP Photo

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a statement on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 declaring the eastern cougar also known as pumas, panthers, mountain lions and catamounts in the eastern United States to be extinct. The agency initiated a review as part of its obligations under the Endangered Species Act.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service statement, the eastern cougar has been on the endangered species list since 1973, however on their recent review they have concluded that the animal has been extinct since 1930’s. Thus, the USFWS recommends the subspecies to be removed from the endangered species list since extinct animals are not eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

“We recognize that many people have seen cougars in the wild within the historical range of the eastern cougar, however, we believe those cougars are not the eastern cougar subspecies. We found no information to support the existence of the eastern cougar,” said the Service’s Northeast Region Chief of Endangered Species Martin Miller.

Report said that the agency’s decision of declaring the eastern cougar extinct does not in anyway affect the status of the Florida panther which was also listed as one of the wild cats that is endangered.



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