Document Type

Technical Report

Publication Date

1981

Description

"The objectives of this study are to (1) collect current information on the existence of free-living cougars in the northeast; (2) develop techniques relating cougar sightings and sign to population density; (3) examine existing cougar materials in the northeast in relation to museum specimens; (4) collect historical information; (5) determine the extent of captive cougar escapes in the northeast; (6) identify potential areas of cougar survival; (7) develop a conservation plan for the subspecies; and (8) coordinate with the southeastern cougar, headed by Mr. Robert L. Downing of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."

Project Title

Endangered Species New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Comments

"One century ago, it was commonly thought that a 'good panther was a dead one’. In 1884, the editors of Forest and Stream asked the New York State Legislature to increase the bounty payment from $20 to $50 on each Adirondack cougar killed, even 'though they had previously estimated the Adirondack population at just 6 animals (Terrie 1972). Today, predator conservation is supported by many urbanites and a significant segment of the rural and hunting public. For example, 73 percent of the sampled public was willing to incur the negative economic impact of foregone energy development to protect the eastern cougar as an endangered subspecies (Kellert 1980). However, in some rural areas, including economically depressed Adirondack communities, large predators are still held in contempt as "varmints" to be destroyed, if possible. Hence, the question of cougar conservation and reintroduction in Adirondack Park must be viewed in this "Jekyll and Hyde" context of public sentiment."

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