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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Biologist Rick Rosatte came out several months back affirming that Pumas still occupied Ontario and sure enough, one was shot and killed by Police Officers in a residential Muskoka neighborhood over the weekend, the first Puma killed in the Province since 1884!..............Was it de-clawed as some have speculated,,,,,,,meaning it was an escaped pet or zoo animal??????????????

Ontario cops kill cougar 

The body of a cougar shot and killed by police after it attacked a dog at a residence near Utterson in Muskoka. (Handout)
The body of a cougar shot and killed by police after it attacked a dog at a residence near Utterson in Muskoka.

MUSKOKA, ONT. - Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources has confirmed that an animal killed by police on the weekend was a cougar, long believed extinct in the province.
Police were called after the large cat killed a family dog in the Muskoka area.
There have been thousands of believed sightings of cougars in Ontario over the past few years, but this marks the first confirmed cougar killed in the province since 1884.

On Monday, MNR spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski said the cougar appeared to be in good health prior to its death.The animal's body was to be delivered to the University of Guelph for further examination.

Last Thursday, provincial police issued a warning to residents in the Muskoka neighbourhood between Bracebidge and Huntsville, about 225 kms north of Toronto.According to local residents, the cougar prowled the area of Middaugh Rd., west of Highway 11, again on Friday night. After trying and failing to attack a family dog Friday, it attacked and killed another on Saturday.

Christine Middaugh, whose cousin's dog was the victim of the cougar attack, said she heard three gun shots Saturday."(My cousin) was at home alone so my husband got ready and ran up there," says Middaugh, who took photos of the dead cougar. "It was pretty scary."
Kowalski said there has never been a reported attack of a cougar on a human in Ontario, and there is no cause for alarm among the general public.

After numerous sightings of cougars all over Ontario, and extensive studies, the Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed in 2010 that print and hair evidence proved that cougars never actually went away, but that their population is so scant the beasts were rarely seen.The population of the reclusive cats may have also been supported domesticated cougars that had escaped over the years.

There were reports that the cat shot Saturday appeared to have been declawed.
"What is important is that there are free-ranging North American genotype cougars in Ontario that have originated from an unknown combination of released, escaped, native, or dispersing animals," MNR senior scientist Rick Rosatte said Monday.

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