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Eastern Puma Extinct? I Doubt It!

 
Alder Burns
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Apparently the US Fish and Wildlife Service has just officially declared the Eastern Puma extinct and had it removed from the Endangered Species list. See http://www.planetexperts.com/eastern-puma-declared-extinct-removed-from-endangered-species-list/
So who out there East of the Mississippi and North of Florida has seen or heard reliable account of a Puma in the wild recently? I for one have heard multiple accounts. Our own neighbor saw one in backwoods central Georgia five years ago, and what's more, she found a footprint which was confirmed as that of a puma. Before then I read believable stories of them in the Upper Peninsula of MI and also in New England. Personally I think that just because nobody has succeeded in shooting, trapping, or running over one in 75 or 100 years doesn't mean they're not out there, but that they've simply gotten savvy about how to live around people. Here in the West, where they are obviously officially not extinct, they sometimes turn up in rather large cities. One was discovered not far from downtown Sacramento, CA last summer, as I recall....
 
Julia Franke
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I do a lot of hiking and have a lot of hiking friends (Appalachian Trail). I have not heard of anyone having any sightings, or seeing any signs of a puma, but the thought of them being the area is kind of big cat in our area is exciting (with a splash of fear).

I have heard of black cats (panthers) in the Texas area.
 
Joe Walker
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I have been primarily coyote hunter and outdoorsman for decade. Have spent days in the woods of different states from indiana to alabama to south Carolina. Not only have I heard pretty reliable stories from fellow outdoorsman regarding big cats in various areas. I've had several questionable encounters at night. Now am I sure that they are eastern pumas? No. Personally the encounters I've had could of been large bobcats it's not easy to make a good ID at night. But the other evidence from stories to deer carcass in trees, trail cam pics, and tracks all point to big cats definitely roaming east of mississippi river from time to time. But are these big cats eastern pumas or are they mountain lions from out west coming from places like nebraska, texas, Missouri, south Dakota that are expanding their territory back into historical ranges? I can't say for sure that there isn't eastern pumas still alive in isolated pockets. But the mountain lions that have been killed by Illinois and kentucky game wardens. Definitely supports theory of mountain lions trying to reclaim lost turf. I truly hope that either their is still isolated pockets of eastern pumas alive or the mountain lions from out west can succeed at reclaiming lost territory. They deserve a place in the east just like they do in the west. If we could just get game wardens and hunters to quit killing them maybe they'd have a chance.
 
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