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Eastern Cougar Extinct
Several sources are reporting today that the US Fish and Wildlife Service may remove the Eastern Cougar from the Endangered Species list because it is believed to be extinct.  Although there is doubt that the Eastern Cougar is a genetically different species from the North American Puma concolor, there has not been a wild, breeding population of panthers in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in over 100 years. Sighting reports of the Eastern Cougar are believed to be misidentifications or escaped captive animals.

Taxidermy of the eastern cougar said to have been the last cougar killed in Pennsylvania in 1874 by Thomas Anson - State Museum of Pennsylvania
Sources:
Eastern cougar may be declared extinct
Eastern cougar declared extinct by US government
Feds declare Eastern cougar officially extinct, despite continued reports of  sightings
Eastern cougars no longer exist in eastern part of U.S., report finds

Eastern Cougar - Jim Dutcher

Eastern Cougar Extinct

Several sources are reporting today that the US Fish and Wildlife Service may remove the Eastern Cougar from the Endangered Species list because it is believed to be extinct.  Although there is doubt that the Eastern Cougar is a genetically different species from the North American Puma concolor, there has not been a wild, breeding population of panthers in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in over 100 years. Sighting reports of the Eastern Cougar are believed to be misidentifications or escaped captive animals.

Stuffed Eastern Cougar

Taxidermy of the eastern cougar said to have been the last cougar killed in Pennsylvania in 1874 by Thomas Anson - State Museum of Pennsylvania

Sources:

Eastern cougar may be declared extinct

Eastern cougar declared extinct by US government

Feds declare Eastern cougar officially extinct, despite continued reports of  sightings

Eastern cougars no longer exist in eastern part of U.S., report finds