Cougars in New Hampshire?
Earlier this year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services declared that cougars were extinct in eastern United States. This summer there was a cougar killed in Connecticut, then with some research that cougar was traced to South Dakota. Now Bruce Bohannon, a resident of Swanzey says he encountered a cougar in Keene, New Hampshire.
This was not his first encounter either. He states that after this recent encounter he is sure that last winter he saw a cougar in Westmoreland while grooming snowmobile trails. The cougar ran down the trail. This recent sighting, he was riding his bike while crossing through a gate he saw something. It was a large cat with a long tail, he had seen bobcats before, and this was bigger, definitely not a bobcat. Large and tan in color, once the cat saw him it took off. Bohannon is confident it is a cougar, and this sighting makes him believe the winter sighting was a cougar as well.
In the area it is almost impossible to track cougars. To find a cougar in the grassy area would require about 100 people with their noses to the ground. Wildlife biologists believe most sightings are either misidentification or escaped/released pets. “I don’t have any doubt in my mind what I saw was a cougar,” Bohannon said. “Now that I’m convinced of what I’m seeing, I’m going to get out and look for tracks.” From SentinelSource.com.