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No Place for Predators?

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Echoes of the Past: Cougars Face the Same Threats Today That Nearly Eliminated the Species 100 Years Ago

The cougar, Puma concolor, once the most widely distributed carnivore in the United States, was extirpated east of the Mississippi River by the early 1900s, save for a remnant population in Florida, which now struggles to survive with fewer than 90 individuals. Habitat destruction and persecution, the same forces that eradicated the cat from the East, continue to threaten the existing populations in the West. (Rich Beausoleil, WDFW)

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