I called Mr. Lutz today and talked with him about this eastern Cougar thing. He was a very nice man and talked mostly of the cougar and evidence it exists. I think it probally does to some degree but question why with no hunting and breeding couples around, they weren't multiplying. I didn't get a good answer to that. He is also sure that Panthers and lepoards exist in the eastern states, that I doubt unless they are pet's that were turned loose or escaped.
I was told that they have recorded 7 findings of eastern cougar carcasse's but yet the state's refuse to recognize the existence. The states claim that the cougars there are one's that arrived from western states. Mr Lutz also thinks the Black Panther and the eastern cougar are the same animal with color differences. I doubt that.
It was a plesant talk but Mr Lutz also said something that's a give-away on his agenda. When asked about what he'd like to see happen if it could be proved that the eastern cougar is a seperate species, which he say's is on the endangered speices list(?), he told me how some woodpecker on the list was found and the government eliminated all hunting where the woodpecker lived. I suspect that should his organization succede, the next step would be to eliminate all hunting in the eastern cougars range. Which according to him is most of the east.
Mr Lutz, if you read this, I'd sure invite you to come back and respond. Perhaps You could clear up some miss-understanding here. I believe this is a poorly disguised attempt to stop all hunting in the east.
I asked him about the proof of the sighting in Nova Scotia (did I spell that right?) and he told me he doeesn't have the paperwork to show it now. Well, I guess it wasn't worth mentioning was it?