Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct
The eastern cougar has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Although the eastern cougar has been on the endangered species list since 1973, its existence has long been questioned, according to a Service news release.
“We recognize that many people have seen cougars in the wild within the historical range of the eastern cougar,” said the Service’s Northeast Region Chief of Endangered Species Martin Miller. “However, we believe those cougars are not the eastern cougar subspecies. We found no information to support the existence of the eastern cougar.”
What is now believed to have been the last eastern cougar was trapped in Somerset County in 1938, according to the Portland Press Herald.