Last night the Asian Persuasion forwarded me a story about the Eastern Mountain Lion being declared extinct. This was supposed to be evidence that I don’t have to worry about being attacked by one. I quickly informed her that I’d always assumed the catamounts stalking the woods of CT were transplants from the West, not native, and therefore I would continue to fear dying at the hands of a big ass cat (though, I suppose, it would be a fitting end to my life).
I know, in my soul, that those cats are at least wandering into our state from time to time. In fact, I think one of them got her claws into my ex-boyfriend at Murphy & Scarletti’s and kept him from fixing my computer… but that’s another sad story altogether and I might start throwing things if I rehash it now. But now, thanks to NPR, people can no longer call me crazy.
You should listen to the story, but if you can’t, I’ll recap it for you:
- Eastern Mountain Lions are extinct and probably have been since the 1930s
- People still report seeing them and somehow are stupid/blind enough to confuse black bears and house cats for cougars
- Some of those sightings are, in fact, Western Mountain Lions just moving into the territory vacated by their Eastern cousins
- Experts say those cats will likely reach the East coast eventually but if those people in Killingworth who found their German Shepherd in a tree are to be believed, those cougars are already here
I guess my point is that cougars will not only break your hearts…they’ll rip out your jugular and then drag you into a tree. So beware.