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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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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We continue today reviewing the: A HISTORY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE GAME & FURBEARERS..............I have truly enjoyed reviewing this all but "gone-from-the shelves" little book describing the Carnivores that historically roamed New Hampshire...........Yesterday we reviewed Wolves and today we look at the footprint that the Puma left behind in the "Granite State"

Pumas(Panthers/Cougars/Painters/Mountain Lions/Catamounts/Indian Devil/Carcajou

as described in A HISTORY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE GAME & FURBEARERS;  Helenette Silver New Hampshire Fish & Game Dept 1957 
-"As the townships in the southern part of the state became occupied, white trappers pushed further into the north. It was while trapping on the Baker River in Rumney that John Stark was captured by Indians in 1752. Stark and his three companions had taken bear, beaver, CATAMOUNT, wolves and wildcats(bobcats) to the value of 560 pounds sterling when one of the party was killed and Stark and a second taken prisoner"

-"Catamount records for the state are fairly common, but it must be remembered that the pioneers did not kil lone every day. Very few of the settlers ever saw a panther"

The last Puma shot in New Hampshire, mounted in State Museum

-"Concerning Lyons, I will not say that I ever saw any myself, but some affirm that they have seen a Lyon at Cape Anne...Plimouth men have traded for Lyon skinnes in former times"(Wood 1634)

-"At this time we had some neighboring gentlemen in our house, where amognst a variety of discourse, they told me of a young Lyon killed at Piscataway by an Indian "(Josselyn 1674)

-'Unitl its disappearance in the late 19th century, the panthers range extended over the whole of the state. Even where they are common, panthers are seldom seen and difficult to hunt. In spite of mans' best efforts to erradicate them, they held on at least into the 1880's"

-"In Cheshire County, near the Connecticut Riverm Col. Bellows killed two bears and a Catamount on the same day in 1772"(Reed 1892)

the last Puma killed in Vermont

-"Other towns in the vicinity of of Troy-Dublin, Temple, Petersboro, Richmond and Hancock-report panthers present or killed around the time of setlement"(Hoover)

"A Panther was killed at Catamount Rock on the east side of the town of Windham"(Morrison 1883)

-"The capture during the last 10 years of an occasional Panther in the Green Mountains(Vermont) and in the forest regions of northern New Hampshire and Maine shows that it still lingers in Northern New England"(Allen 1876)

-"Jackson(1922) report a panther killed in the White Mountains(New Hampshire) about 1885"

the last Puma killed in New Brunswick, Eastern Canada

-"The last Panther bounty in Vermont was paid in 1896; Merriam recorded the presence of a panther in Vermont in 1904; they were seen or taken in the state up to 1909"

-"One was killed near Mt. Kineo in Main in 1906"


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