Let me apologize in advance if I'm off base here. You said something about states not acknowledgeing the existence of big cat's. I don't understand why they wouldn't if they were there and asked why they don't. You didn't answer the question.
Are you a hunter or animal rights activeist or a researcher just very intrested? I ask because we have a group of avtiveist's here in Oregon that want's to put a end to all Cougar hunting. I looked at a list of all your post's and with one exception, moose population, every post you've made is about cougar's and none mention hunting.
I have no problem if your working a cause, nothing really wrong with that. But if that is it, I'd like to know. IF you are one of those trying to stop cougar hunting, there's nothing we could say to change your mind. But if research is it, probally some could help you.
So, the big question is, why are you researching an animal that is not on any threatened or endangered list and are you researching any other animal's? Again, if I'm off base I apologize.