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According to many in my profession, eastern cougars do not exist in Nova Scotia. Nevertheless, over the course of 40 years of becoming a bald biologist, I have frequently listened while individuals described their recent cougar encounters in this province. My own sighting came as an abrupt surprise. On September 1,I was driving home to Pomquet from Bayfield Wharf in Csotia County, at 11 am on a sunny day when I saw a large, tawny cat with a long tail striding diagonally across the road in plain view.

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The eastern cougar was first ased to the subspecies Felis concolor couguar and the Florida panther to F. Females usually weigh 40 pounds 18 kg.

Subsequent landscaping filled in what Wayne thought was an old bear den. In South America where the black form is endemic, it is considered very rare. While cougar have been known to occupy a variety of habitats, their long-term survival depends on wilderness areas.

I was only 10 feet away from the animal, and I watched it lying in a ditch for almost two minutes. According to Eger, the Culver revision is accepted only by some puma biologists. My mind raced.

The kittens will stay with their mother, learning to hunt, until they are about a year old. My disappointment at this news was evident.

The preferred food of cougar is deer, and in Nova Scotia the coygars deer was extinct for many years before the arrival of Europeans. However, the presence of cougars in the wild — whatever their taxonomy or origin — in eastern North America continues to be controversial.

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Without the carcass or any evidence the investigation remains inconclusive. Cougars are loners-except during breeding or when mothers are accompanied by their kittens. Local authorities were not helpful. According to many in my profession, eastern cougars do not exist in Nova Scotia.

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On September 1,I was driving home to Pomquet from Bayfield Noba in Antigonish County, at 11 am on a sunny day when I saw a large, tawny cat with a long tail striding diagonally across the road in plain view. Nevertheless, over the course of 40 years of becoming a bald biologist, I have frequently listened while individuals described their recent cougar encounters in this province.

With the right genes, a breeding population that includes former pets still sounds like an eastern cougar population to me! Little is known about the breeding biology of the eastern cougar. Forest management practices exercised in Nova Scotia have been a mixed blessing for cougar, if they do exist here.

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Tracks with no slip measured 3. Cougars live for about 12 years, ranging over territories as large as square miles square km or more, marked with scratched scent posts. Although cougar eat a wide variety of food items, couugars are by far their choice for a meal. It had rained two days before, so I asked the caller if he could show me the exact location of the sighting so that we could look for tracks.

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Just this past June a report came to the Department of Lands and Forestry in western Cape Breton that a young cougar had fallen into a well and drowned. A of these reports have resulted in comprehensive investigation.

If cougar do exist in Nova Scotia, they are probably few inwhich may explain the scarcity of good physical evidence. Wright based his idea mostly on unconfirmed sightings, track photos, and plaster casts, and photographs of pumas killed nlva New Brunswick in and in Maine in Prior to the arrival of Europeans the cougar was one of the most common predators in the New World.

Upset, Wayne installed a video camera, with objects of known size in view. This deters many witnesses from reporting incidents in the first place.

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The size of these tracks meant two possible animals—a lynx or cougar. Stephen, NB. It seemed that some large animal was upset with his presence. Obviously the future of the eastern cougar is uncertain.

The observer described the cat as a young cougar. Last week, Lindsay Trask ed a video cougard YouTube showing three cats walking down a hill behind her Digby Neck home that has convinced two experts that cougars may be present in Nova Scotia. Apparently ina family, while driving from Shelburne to Lunenburg, struck a huge cat approximately 2. I once walked into an enclosure with a bobcat that had been a pet.