You said that cougars are roaming and breeding over the eastern U.S. and new releases aren't necessary. Something like that. That I would agree with.
You went on to say they should not be kept in small enclosures but have full reign of more isolated areas. Well the problem with cougars is that they won't stay in those isolated areas very well. Then there is not much of what I would call isolated areas in the east. Good or bad, the east is a settled place. If the population of cougar reached a point where some needed to be removed, would you or your organization object to sport hunting?
It has been pretty much proven in the Kibab Forest and in the Everglades that the only reasonable and cost effiective way to remove excess animals is thru hunting.
Mr lutz has not replied to my requests for links/documentation about cougar in Nova Scotia. He was quite emphatic in his response, Northern Nova Scotia, 6 months ago, scat, confirmed DNA( go back and read his posts) and his replies to other posts were quite prompt.
Now, Mr Lutz, I have strong questions about your credibility !
It seems that your observation about the captive population in Indiana living in shoddy conditions was on target. There's been a female lion on the loose after escaping her enclosure in Indiana for almost a month now. Is this the facility you saw?
There was an escape from a compound in Indiana earlier this month: http://www.indystar.com/apps/p.....7701290402
.if the link doesn't work because of updates, go to Indystar.com and search on cougar, Donner [the captive cougar's name] and the links will come up...
A few years ago there was video footage taken of a large black cat, that sure looked like a cougar to me, taken near San Luis Obispo. The people who shot the video had seen the cat on their property before. I imagine that it's just a very rare mutation. We've got plenty of cougars out here in California.
This is a very interesting thread, thanks for posting it. I didn't want to mention NJ because I didn't think anyone would believe me. Someone told me a few weeks ago that 2 cougar sightings occured here. I see you have us listed too! We have some beutiful forests in the northern part and some pretty remote areas in the southern (pine barrens) part of the state.
"The New Jersey Pine Barrens have cougars for residents"!!!
John A. Lutz
Isn't the NJ Pine Barrens a U.N. Biosphere? It disturbs me the United Nations is involved in the management of U.S. land.
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...