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#43189 - 02/20/09 12:35 PM Big cat lecture
yorick Offline
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For anyone interested, I'll be giving a talk on mountain lions/panthers/cougars, their status in the East(sorry, they're not here), their critical role in ecosystems, and eastern recovery efforts, at the Nature Conservancy's Sam's Point visitor center this Sunday, 2.22 at 2 PM:

http://www.shawangunkjournal.com/2009/01/08/news/0901084.html

Hope to see you there.
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#43198 - 02/20/09 06:04 PM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: yorick]
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hey guy! so I guess you didn't get my e-mail? about the sighting in Connecticut? that cat had one loooooooong tail!

would love to make it, but might not be able to... and I am planning on reading that book (where the wild things were...)
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#43202 - 02/20/09 06:40 PM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: phlan]
yorick Offline
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Don't remember seeing the note, but if I had a dime for every long-tailed cat report, well...Where the Wild Things Were is a must read for anyone into big predators and ecology:

http://www.thewildthings.net/

I'll be talking about how absent predators means arrested forest regeneration, invasive species, biodiversity loss, and the culprit from white-tail overbrowsing in the Gunks (the entire East, really).
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#43251 - 02/24/09 12:35 AM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: yorick]
talus Offline
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 Originally Posted By: yorick
(sorry, they're not here),


maybe if you don't know where to look
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#43252 - 02/24/09 12:57 AM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: talus]
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I saw one a few months ago, it was at least 600 pounds..

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#43254 - 02/24/09 02:12 AM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: Smike]
talus Offline
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once again smike, zoo photography is NOT wildlife photography.
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#43265 - 02/24/09 03:02 PM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: talus]
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 Originally Posted By: talus
 Originally Posted By: yorick
(sorry, they're not here),


maybe if you don't know where to look


As I said in the article, the ECF (and plenty of others) has been looking for and soliciting evidence from Nova Scotia to Georgia and west to the Mississippi for ten years without logging a single confirmed piece of evidence.

Meanwhile, incidental evidence - roadkills, trapping and hunting casualties, random trailcam pics - keep turning up in the Midwest where they were also hunted out a century ago:

http://www.easterncougarnet.org/bigpicture.html

Florida loses 10-15% of its panthers every year to roadkill. If they were here, why shouldn't the same incidental evidence be appearing throughout the East?
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#43276 - 02/24/09 05:12 PM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: talus]
Smike Offline
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once again smike, zoo photography is NOT wildlife photography.


Maybe Mt Lions only roam and climb on private property....

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#43277 - 02/24/09 05:42 PM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: Smike]
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well if it's near a road smike, then it's right up your alley cat
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#43278 - 02/24/09 05:50 PM Re: Big cat lecture [Re: talus]
pedestrian Offline
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There really are cougars in New England. I saw a bunch up at this bar in Killington.

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