New research reveals vast landscapes in the Northeast suitable for cougars

FOR Instant Release – January 20, 2023

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Montpelier, VT — New analysis posted by Northeast Wilderness Belief, Panthera and other national and worldwide companions reveals seven northeastern landscapes, collectively spanning almost 45,000 square miles, each substantial sufficient and wild ample to likely host healthier cougar populations.
Published in Biodiversity and Conservation, the study analyzed landscapes across the Japanese U.S. to pinpoint people suited for cougars (also known as mountains lions, panthers, catamounts, and pumas) which have been producing their way East to locations they once roamed freely in advance of eradication initiatives. Researchers considered not only the dimension of every single landscape when producing their determinations, but also other aspects critical for cougar survival like snow depth, housing and livestock density, forest include, and human perspectives on wildlife.

“What’s enjoyable about this investigation is that it demonstrates the Northeast has not just place but expansive wild landscapes that have the right conditions to assist a significant carnivore and preserve it secure,” says Shelby Perry, Wildlands Ecologist at Northeast Wilderness Have faith in, and a person of the paper’s authors. “That’s massive for how we tactic rewilding and land conservation in this region.”

The seven regional landscapes selection from about 2,500 square miles (the dimensions of Delaware) to 10,000 sq. miles (practically a few moments the measurement of Yellowstone Countrywide Park) and include pieces of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Northeast Wilderness Rely on is actively doing work to guard forever-wild ecosystems in numerous of these locations via land acquire and conservation easements. Notably, the organization lately acquired a key inholding in Adirondack Park’s 5 Ponds Wilderness, the 1,056-acre Bear Pond Forest. This is the just the kind of wilderness that could charm to eastward cougars exploring for mates and territories, like the “Connecticut Cat” that famously manufactured its way from South Dakota’s Black Hills to the Twin Metropolitan areas suburbs, by means of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula prior to showing up in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“This analysis tends to make obvious that the issue we should to be asking about cougars coming back again residence to the Northeast is not about suitable habitat or offered prey—the Northeast has loads of both—it’s irrespective of whether people are prepared to once yet again share this place with these magnificent animals,” states Jon Leibowitz, Northeast Wilderness Trust’s Executive Director.

Shy and adaptable, cougars are identified for residing alongside human beings with little conflict. Exploration demonstrates they also convey large ecological positive aspects to areas they inhabit. By interacting with practically 500 other dwelling beings, anything from deer to birds to foxes and even bugs, they make sure ecosystem health and fitness and resilience.

“When ecosystems are total —that’s when we practical experience the full benefits nature and the wild have to supply us all,” claims Northeast Wilderness Rely on Senior Fellow Tom Butler, “and it is why our mission remains vital.”

To access the total review, see listed here: https://connection.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-022-02529-z#:~:textual content=For%20habitat%20to%20be%20thought of,puma%20populations%20in%20the%20East.Hope

To read through an op-ed published in the New York Periods by one of the study’s lead authors, Dr. Mark Elbroch of Panthera, see here: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/12/opinion/cougars-migrating-east.html

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Northeast Wilderness Have confidence in: Northeast Wilderness Rely on is a regional land have confidence in focused completely on guarding wilderness areas—lands forever safeguarded as without end-wild, wherever natural processes immediate the ebb and move of existence. With its headquarters in Vermont, staff in multiple states, and board customers throughout the Northeast, the Wilderness Have faith in (newildernesstrust.org) safeguards extra than 73,000 acres in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.