Agenda 21: “Rewilding” With Cougars And Depopulating Humans

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Agenda 21, Anarchists & Communists


If you haven’t heard the article this week about “Cougars make a comeback after
a century of decline” then I would suggest you do.  This along with the new
newsletter from the Cougar Rewildling Foundation brings the research of cougar
sightings to new light.  After a long time of speculation about cougar expansion
and even more denial about whether or not they were found outside of the known
western states, a new report confirms that cougars have been migrating to
“greener pastures.”

To summarize,  since the 1990’s mountain lions have
began to expand to other territories. This includes female cougars, not just the
typical “roadtripping” young males.  The well established populations act as the
Mainland population of a Mainland-Island Metapopulation.  The cougars move into
pockets of suitable habitat outside of the main population, and the main
population supplies more individuals to help a burgeoning new population.  With
the new evidence of cougars traveling incredible distances to new habitat (a
cougar from South Dakota ended up in Connecticut), its not impossible for
cougars to recolonize the lower 48.   Although there are a few major obstacles
in the cougar’s way.

The two most detrimental obstacles to the
reestablishment of cougars in the east coastal states are limited habitat and
public opinion. The coastal states have seen an increase in population (of
humans that is) in the 100 year absence of the cougar.  More development of
cities, and fewer large, intact, undisturbed tracts of forest for cougars to
call home.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t ANY, just that its not as abundant.
But I have to say that mountain lions seem to cohabitate well with close human
proximity in California.

Secondly, the public is not unanimously happy
with cougars in their backyard.  In states which currently have been mostly
cougar free for a century, the public is scared to allow large predatory felines
to live near them.  In fact, that was one reason why they were extirpated in the
first place. People also have an opinion that cougars will interfere with their
hunting of game species.  The public has tow opinions: there are too many deer,
or there are too few deer.  Some believe that cougars are greatly decreasing the
population of deer and that fewer cougars means more deer.  However incredibly
narrow-sighted that is, this has become a sticking point in the Black Hills

Where it is good or bad in your opinion, cougars are making
a comeback, and I for one am incredibly excited with these prospects.  To read
the BBC article on information, you can find it HERE.


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