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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, August 21, 2012

While we know that a South Dakota Puma took a 3 year road trip across America where last Summer it met its demise on a Connecticut roadway,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the snapshot of what appears to be a Puma in New Hampshire that an unidentified man passed onto New Hampshire Wildlife Officials for further investigation..............Our friend Chris Spatz ot COUGAR REWILDING emailed me suggesting that the Puma perhaps was superimposed (or doctored up in some other way) into the woodland backround...............Chris, can you expound further for us please?

Cougar caught on camera in southwestern NH?

Special to the Union Leader

This photograph of a mountain lion, also known as a cougar, panther, or catamount, was taken in Alstead, New Hampshire by a hunter and lifelong resident who wants to remain anonymous because of what he refers to as past hassles with Fish and Game. A hunter and lifelong wildlife enthusiast out looking for shed antlers this spring in Alstead, New Hampshire just happened to have a camera along when he came upon a startling sight over a rise on the trail and photographed what seems to be the first verifiable mountain lion in modern New Hampshire history to be caught on film.

A real or a "doctotred" photo of a Puma in New Hampshire??????

The man, a retired professional who has hunted in the West and has seen plenty of cougars, does not want to be identified. “I've had problems with Fish and Game and do not want to be involved with them in any way,” he said, “and besides, I just plain don't want the hassle.”

This past May 3, the man said, he was on a deer trail looking for shed antlers when he topped a slight rise and saw movement in the woods close by, and out onto a fallen tree stepped a mountain lion, an apparent full-grown animal that would weigh well over 150 pounds. “It was about 50 feet away,” he said. “It just stopped and looked at me. I don't carry a camera all the time when I'm in the woods, but this time I happened to have my 35 millimeter hanging around my neck.”

“That was the last shot on the roll, and I immediately stood still and began reloading the camera,” he said. “It stood right there and watched me, but there was no way I could reload fast enough, and it just walked off into the woods, in no particular hurry.”

The photographer has hunted extensively in western states with viable mountain lion populations and has seen them there, as well as in New Brunswick, where many residents believe there is a small population, perhaps remnants of the officially extinct — as recently declared by United States wildlife agencies — Eastern cougar.

Cougar sightings are reported every year in New Hampshire, all over the state, but until now no clear, verifiable photograph has surfaced, although a trail-camera image in Sharon a couple of years ago was thought clearly to be a mountain lion by many people. Fish and Game did not agree.

Patrick Tate, who among other duties serves as the clearinghouse for cougar reports at Fish and Game, viewed a computer inage of the recent image sent to him by email Tuesday afternoon. “I'm certainly interested,” he said, “and want to investigate the scene.”

Some wildlife professionals will, off the record, agree that people are seeing what certainly seem to be mountain lions, and agree that some cougars do seem to be out there, perhaps passing through — the real unknown factor being just where they're coming from. Few wildlife experts are willing to entertain the thought that there might be denning pairs producing young, but many farmers, loggers, hunters and hikers reporting sightings believe this is indeed the case.

Editor's Note: John Harrigan has been an outdoor columnist for the New Hampshire Sunday News for 37 years.

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