Everyone knows someone who has a cougar or mountain lion sighting story. These beautiful cats once roamed free all across the Northeast. Supposedly, they have been gone from our area for decades.
Wildlife officials insist that they do not exist. In fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the species extinct here. If they are extinct, how do we explain the 140 pound male cougar that was struck and killed in Milford, Connecticut last year? Why do so many people see them? Robert Tougias will answer these question and discuss the future of the large carnivore here in New England.
Robert Tougias is a nature author who has been studying the eastern cougar story for two decades. He is the author of Birding Western Massachusetts – a Habitat Approach (New England Cartographics) and presently has a column appearing in the New London Day newspaper. Robert’s interest in the cougar began when he discovered large cat tracks near his family’s cabin in northern Vermont.