Cougars in the Northeast
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will sponsor a presentation on the return of the cougar to the east coast on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. with Susan Morse of Keeping Track. It will take place at the Cavendish Elementary School, 573 Main Street, Proctorsville. There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America; some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called developed east, scientists have documented cougar dispersals and occupancy in a growing list of eastern states and provinces. The presentation is a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in a diversity of habitats, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. Get the low-down regarding the latest confirmed sightings of cougars in the east. Morse is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. She has been monitoring wildlife with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar since 1977. Keeping Track is a non profit organization founded in 1994 out of concern that development in all its forms often unwittingly harms, isolates and even eliminates habitat critical to local biodiversity and broad-scale ecological health. Tickets are available at Crows Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville, at the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, by mail or at the door. Donations suggested are $5 for adults and $2 for children. For details, call Claire Walker at 802-226-7259 or Robin Timko at 802-226-7736.