Eastern Cougar Officially Extinct

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Monday, January 29, 2018
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the eastern cougar officially extinct.

Eastern cougar's were added to the Endangered Species List decades ago.

There was a time when the creatures roamed every U.S. state east of the Mississippi, but it has been eight decades since the last confirmed sighting of the animal.

The Canadian Wildlife Service has taken no position on the question.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, "The eastern cougar was extinct well before it was protected under the Endangered Species Act, as was the case with eight of the other 10 species that have been delisted for extinction." The Florida panther, a subspecies, still exists in small groups in southern Florida.



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