Scientist Chris Wilmers seeks to help cougars survive August 16, 2013 California

California Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

... Wilmers believes there are about 50 cougars in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place where they were thought to be extinct a few decades ago. Thousands of the big cats were killed across the state between 1907 and 1963, when bounties were offered for shooting them. In 1920, California's estimated cougar population was 600.  Cougar hunting was banned in California in 1990, when the animals were given special protected status under the California Wildlife Protection Act. There are now an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 cougars in the state...

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