Thursday, June 18, 2015
The eastern puma -- a subspecies of the animal also known as cougar or mountain lion, which still lives across the West -- is officially extinct. The Fish and Wildlife Service this week removed the animal from its list of protected wildlife and plants under the Endangered Species Act.
In fact, the eastern cougar was extinct well before it was protected under the Act, as was the case with eight of the other 10 species that have been delisted for extinction.
Eastern pumas were driven into smaller and smaller areas between the 1790s and 1890s due to human persecution -- along with the extirpation, through hunting, of their primary prey, white-tailed deer. The last three eastern pumas were killed in 1930 in Tennessee, 1932 in New Brunswick and 1938 in Maine.
Pumas were once the most widely distributed mammal in the Americas, extending from the Yukon in Canada to the southern tip of South America.
Eastern Puma Declared Extinct, Removed From Endangered Species List
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