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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, October 30, 2013

The Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources has confirmed 16 mountain lions in Iowa since 1995 with most of them in the southern half of the state............Only three have been confirmed since 2005 which many biologists feel is due to a stepped up Puma kill order in South Dakota where the easternmost breeding population resides.............A great picture below of the Oct 13 Puma photographed in Winterset, Iowa

Mountain lion spotted

 near Winterset

This photo of a young mountain lion was take Oct. 13 by a farmer's game camera north of Winterset. The photograph was given to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which confirmed the cat is a mountain lion and released the photo to The Des Moines Register.
This photo of a young mountain lion was take Oct. 13
 by a farmer's game camera
 north of Winterset. The photograph was given to the
 Iowa Department of Natural
 Resources, which confirmed the cat is a mountain lion.

the mountain
 lion appears
 to be a 2- to
 that likely trekked into
Iowa from the west
 in search of new territory.

 sightings are expected 
to become rarer
 in  future as South Dakota,
 where many
 of Iowa's mountain lions
 are believed to
 originate, issues more
 hunting permits
 in an effort to curtail its 
mountain lion
 population, he said.
The DNR has confirmed
 16 mountain
 lions in Iowa since 1995.
 Most of them
 were in the southern half
of the state.
 Only three have been
 confirmed since 2005.
Unconfirmed sighting
are common. Since
 2010, the DNR has
received more than 
2,000 reported mountain
 lion sightings.
 Most of those are believed
 to be an 
incorrect identification of
a bobcat or
 another animal, Baskins


Handy said...

In 2009, a snaggletooth bounded across Highway 61 near Y26 (btwn Muscatine and Blue Grass). I called it into the DNR, with no follow up.

I assumed it wasn't news to them.

Interestingly, the cat crossed my path just a few miles from Wild Cat's Den.

Coyotes, Wolves and Cougars forever said...

had to be the highlight of your day as it would have been for me