Those of us who are hoping that 2018 goes a little bit better than 2017 are already wondering what we have to do in order to put a stop to all of the daily madness. Animal lovers everywhere have received countless warnings about the potential extinction of various species. Animal rights activists have urged us to change our ways in order to stem the tide of extinction that we are creating.
It is our very sad duty to report that the Eastern cougar has been declared extinct despite all of our best efforts. While these big cats were once able to roam throughout the landscapes of North America without fear, those days are over now. This species was first thought to have become extinct back in 2011. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has now confirmed this information.
While there are some who may believe that there is still a population of these species that is dwelling in an area where they cannot be detected, this is considered to be highly unlikely. It is believed that the majority of these animals vanished centuries ago and humans are responsible for killing them. This was done to preserve the health of their livestock.
Since there have been no official sights of these animals in nearly 100 years, it is safe to say that we can close the chapter on the Eastern cougar. It is believed that a number of unofficial sightings have taken place in the eastern and southern United States. None of these sightings have been officially confirmed at the moment, though.
The Eastern cougar was believed to be common because of all the other animals that are associated with it from an appearance standpoint. Experts are under the impression that the unofficial sightings are merely the product of someone confusing the Eastern cougar for one of the other species that bears a passing resemblance. A Connecticut resident believed that they had struck one with their car.
It turned out to be a Western cougar! Can you believe that the animal had actually walked all the way from its natural habitat? The deceased Western cougar is thought to have walked for over 1,000 miles until it reached their preferred destination. The Eastern cougar is also confused with the Western mountain lion on a fairly regular basis. Please be sure to share this story with all of the animal lovers in your life immediately.