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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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Monday, October 31, 2016

Looks like a Puma was located strolling in a field in Grand Falls, New Brunswick(Canada) just over the Maine border...........Watch the video below of this seemingly October 5 sighting!!!...............However, up until now, despite what many "Downeasters" claim, there is no evidence of a breeding population of Pumas in Maine or New Brunswick..............."The last confirmed report of a cougar in New Brunswick was in 1932"......................... "A hunter in Kent County shot a cougar while it was resting in a tree"...................... "Furthermore, the last confirmed report of a cougar in Eastern Canada was in 1938"................ "A large tawny colored cat (suspected to be a cougar) was trapped in Quebec near the Maine border"................ "Since then there have been numerous reported sightings, but the lack of substantial evidence questions the existence of this animal in these forests"


mountain lion

 filmed near

 Maine border

Presidential candidates may come and go from
 Maine, but there
 is one debate that is likely to persist here long
after the election
 is over and the campaign signs are uprooted
 and hauled away:
Are there mountain lions in Maine?
watch the video of the Puma

Does the video resemble resemble a real
  I think so!
Image result for mountain lion spotted in new brunswick canada on october 5, 2016
We get frequent reports (well, John Holyoke
 does, anyway) about 
mountain lion or cougar sightings in our
 state, and always they 
seem to be met with doubt or outright
 debunking. Waldoboro
Corea, and Ellsworth are some of the
places where claims of wild
 cat wanderings, sometimes
accompanied by dubious photographic
 evidence, have cropped up in recent years.
Now, it seems, there is some fairly
 compelling (but unconfirmed)
 video evidence of a cougar sighting near
 the Maine-New Brunswick 
border — only it’s on the other side of
the border. According to
 this CBC report, Michele McLaughlin,
a resident of Grand Falls,
 N.B., used her cellphone on Oct. 5
to record the feline walking
 through a field by her home.

I’m not a wildlife expert,
 but it sure does look like a
 mountain lion or something
similar to me. And, based
 on where McLaughlin says
she shot the video, the animal
 was only two miles from Maine.

Reporting Eastern Cougar & Wolf Sightings

Are there Cougars in Maine? Having spent a great deal of time in the Maine woods and on the waters of our great State, without reasonable doubt I believe that both species (wolf and cougar) exist in our state. While they maybe wandering, dispersed or released I don't have that answer. We do however encourage reintroduction of both species, either natural or with the help of Fish and Game. Studies clearly show that wolf would reduce our coyote populations and help increase our deer herd. If you have sighted a wolf or coyote I would like to know about it. I for one attempted to protect the last known wolf that was killed in Maine near Alligator Lake - we had seen and tracked the animal for over a year, yet it was taken by a trapper in 1996. So drop me a note, I do maintain a record and pass the information along to friends at IFW. Please give date, location, and information relative to what you saw and description of sighting to

For decades, the presence of eastern cougar (Felis concolor couguar) in Maine and New Brunswick has been debated among biologists and the public. The eastern cougar was placed on the endangered species list, but its status is unknown. Due to the lack of evidence in the past, biologists are now wondering if there was ever a subspecies of eastern cougar or maybe that there was just an eastern population of cougar (same species as found in the west). Taxonomically biologists now refer to eastern cougar as cougar (Felis concolor).

Since the mid 1970’s to the present day there have been several hundred reported sightings. In addition, there are a considerable amount of sightings that have not been reported.

The last confirmed report of a cougar in New Brunswick was in 1932. A hunter in Kent County shot a cougar while it was resting in a tree. Furthermore, the last confirmed report of a cougar in Eastern Canada was in 1938. A large tawny colored cat (suspected to be a cougar) was trapped in Quebec near the Maine border. Since then there have been numerous reported sightings, but the lack of substantial evidence questions the existence of this animal in our forests.

The cougar can be described as being 6-9 feet (1.8-2.7 m) in length (from nose to tip of tail), 100-150 pounds (45.5-68.2 kg) and a shoulder height of 26-30 inches (65-75 cm). The track is large (4 inches (10 cm) in width) and resembles a large bobcat or lynx track. Cougars are typically most active at night and are tawny brown to gray in color.

Each year there are approximately 40 reported sightings of cougar. The most common sightings are from cars or while people are walking. The observer typically sees a large cat-size animal jump out of the woods and run across the road. The length of time the animal is in the field of view is normally for a few seconds.

When people believe they have seen a cougar one of the questions to ask is: "what color was the animal that you saw?" If the individual states the animal they saw was dark brown or black, the "red flags" go up to game officials.

There has never been a reported black cougar in North America. There are a number of animals that can be confused as being a "black" cat. There are fisher (Martes pennanti), dark colored coyotes (Canis latrans), black bears (Ursus americanus) and not to mention domestic dogs and cats. All of these when glanced at could resemble a large dark-colored cat.

Although the existence of cougar looks uncertain, there have been a few convincing stories and some credible evidence in both Maine and New Brunswick that officials investigated.

If a cougar is found, will be several questions that have to be addressed. DNA testing will have to be completed to determine if the animal is an actual eastern cougar or an escaped western cougar. The evidence will also allow us to determine if the cougars are part of an eastern population of cougar. Until we get the evidence that is necessary to confirm cougars, the biologists and the public will continue to debate the status of cougar in Maine and New Brunswick.

Another problem that is surfacing regarding reporting endangered or strange wildlife is the concern that officials or groups will want special restrictions on the forests, hunting or trapping. Or that the person reporting will be considered somewhat a strange loon. This has proven out a number of recent attempts by so called wildlife groups to stop trapping and other harvesting in Maine, along with restrictions on timber cutting. I would point out that things must be going well if the wildlife is able to sustain itself currently, so why would special protections be required? This is another debate that will not be resolved any time soon. I for one side with Maine Trappers, SAM and others, all can co-exist in our forests and woods. But I would ask you to report any sightings or findings.

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