Cougars in the wild in New York? Not yet, the state says January 25, 2018 New York

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Cougars in the wild in New York? Not yet, the state says January 25, 2018 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
... Eastern cougars, which once roamed the forests and hills of New York and much of the rest of the East, have been considered extinct for nearly a century... They survived in the Empire State into the 1880's when dozens were shot by bounty hunters, mostly in the Adirondacks. But by 1900 they seem to have disappeared, lost to human persecution, lack of food and loss of habitat...

... Federal officials have declared the Eastern puma extinct, 80 years after the last confirmed sighting ... also known as the cougar, mountain lion and catamount. Its territory ranged from Michigan and southern Ontario to New England, the Carolinas and Tennessee...

Possible mountain lion sighted in the Hudson Valley February 21, 2020 New York, Hudson Valley One
... Mountain lions have not had a native, self-sustaining population in the New York State since the late 1800s ... The name “cougar” means “false deer” in Tupi, the language of an Amazonian people ... They kill about a deer a week ...

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