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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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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pumas are appearing all across the Portland, Oregon region in recent months..........Dana Sanchez, a wildlife extension specialist at Oregon State University, said "cougars(especially the younger dispersing animals), may be moving into the Portland area because of a possible increase in deer and other animals the cats prey upon"................."Our cities and towns keep expanding"......... "As we go into those last patches where deer and cougars might be living, we're going to be more likely to potentially see them and encounter them"


Why are cougars appearing

all across the Portland area?

 Reasons could include deer,


In this AP file photo, Shanti the 2-year-old cougar licks the ice at his habitat at Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Ga., on July 2, 2014. (The Associated Press)
Luke Hammill | lhammill@oregonian.comBy Luke Hammill | 
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on July 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM, updated July 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM
Cougar sightings are "rare," according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. But the
big cats have been spotted in five metro-area cities in the past
 month, including two locations in Hillsboro.
City parks have been closed, and a cougar found July 4 in
 Northeast Portland waseuthanized by state wildlife
 officials, who said the animal had "lost its fear of people"
and could have preyed on neighborhood cats and dogs.

Hillsboro's Rood Bridge Park was closed Wednesday
 morning after three such reports starting Tuesday evening.
 City spokesman Patrick Preston said it would remain closed
until Thursday morning, at which time Parks & Recreation
 officials will re-evaluate. ODFW has been asked to assist, but
the department could not do so immediately, and the rain would
 have made a search difficult, Preston said.
In late June, Hillsboro's Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve was
closed twice in a week after "credible" cougar sightings.
Though city and state officials never located the animal,
 one Hillsboro resident told The Oregonian that the animal got
within 30 feet of her on a preserve trail, close enough for her to
 "count the whiskers" on its face.

Reported cougar sightings also came in this month from
Happy ValleyWest Linnand Oregon City. The state is
home to more than 5,000 of the animals, also known as
 mountain lions, according to ODFW.

Dana Sanchez, a wildlife extension specialist at Oregon State
 University, said cougars may be moving into the Portland
area because of a possible increase in deer and other animals
the cats prey upon. "Cougars are large, mobile predators,
" Sanchez said. "They generally prey on deer, but where
 deer and other food becomes available, cougars – especially
 the younger, dispersing animals – will explore for other

She added that cougars are territorial and protective, so
younger ones often have to find their own home ranges
once they become "sub-adults.""And quite often, the
 established adults already have the best places," Sanchez

Don Whittaker, of the ODFW wildlife division, said "the
 area surrounding the Portland-metro area and the suburbs
 is good cougar habitat." "Cougar populations are healthy,
and the lifestyle choices that make quality of life in the
Portland area good also create avenues for animals to
come into the cities," he said, referring to the extensive
 forests and trails that lead directly into urban zones.

But Whittaker cautioned that some of the reported
 "sightings" might not be cougars at all. "There's
corridors to and from the wild areas, and there's
been a lot of attention in the public media that large
 carnivores have been in the city," he said. "And so
 people are aware and have been looking for things
 like that sometimes. Sometimes they're real,
sometimes they're not."

The state Fish and Wildlife website has a section
devoted to "living with wildlife," which includes a
 page about cougars. If you encounter one, the
 guidelines say, do not run, maintain direct eye
 contact and stand your ground –- and then back
 away slowly. Cougars often will retreat if given
the opportunity, according to the agency.
Sanchez said area residents would do best to
familiarize themselves with the guidelines,
which include keeping pets indoors at dawn and dusk.

"I think that people do need to start becoming
 aware that those animals might be in the areas
that they're using, especially in the more open, park-
like areas," she said.
Another reason mountain lions could be appearing
 more often, Sanchez said, is increased development.

"Our cities and towns keep expanding," she said.
"As we go into those last patches where deer and
cougars might be living … we're going to be more
likely to potentially see them and encounter them."
-- Luke Hammill

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