You know, as I read this thread in more detail, these "reports" and "evidence" of the cougar back east sound just like the evidence we have out here in the west for Bigfoot. Makes me laugh. My brother made a horror movie spoof about Bigfoot when we were in high school so it's close to my heart.
First off, no policies should be made based on the evidence I'm hearing about on this thread. Also, we have plenty of hunting in the west and plenty of cougars so I don't even know why there'd be any discussion of a hunting ban back east.
If you've got cougars back east and have about as much evidence on them as we do about Bigfoot, consider yourself lucky.