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'Unprecedented Event': Oregon Hiker Likely Killed by Cougar

It's the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in the state

(Newser) - Authorities say a dead hiker whose body was recovered this week was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest this year. Search and rescue teams found the body of Diana Bober, 55, on Monday... More »

Cougar Survivor Was 'So Worried About My Friend'

911 calls show Washington man's despair after fatal attack, struggle to determine his location

(Newser) - Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was—and heard how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle was mountain biking with SJ Brooks, 32, also... More »

'Something Was Wrong With This Cougar': Attack Details Released

As cougar attacked friend, cyclist ran—and was killed

(Newser) - "They did everything they were supposed to do. But something was wrong with this cougar." That's the take from King County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Abbott after a rare attack on humans left one cyclist dead in Washington state Saturday and another badly injured. The Seattle men'... More »

TSA Agents Find Wild Surprise in Guy's Luggage

It was a dead cougar

(Newser) - Police say a hunter's trip home hit a snag in Las Vegas after security screeners found a dead cougar in his luggage. No crime was committed because the man had a hunting tag, reports the AP . But police Lt. David Gordon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that TSA agents... More »

TV Host Kills Cougar, Posts Pics of Cougar Stir-Fry

Canadian TV personality Steve Ecklund is taking heat for showing off hunting trip online

(Newser) - "Loser." "Creep." "Must be compensating for something, small penis probably." These are just a few of the comments—some of them from an ex-prime minister's wife—being lobbed at a Canadian television host after he posted pictures online of himself with the cougar... More »

Guy Punches Cougar to Save His Dogs

Danger lurks near Tim Hortons coffee shop in Canada

(Newser) - Sometimes dogs save humans, sometimes humans save dogs. The latter was the case in Canada last week when a man punched a cougar that had a death grip on his 80-pound husky's neck, reports Reuters . Will Gibb, a 31-year-old technician from Red Deer, had pulled up to a Tim... More »

Cougars Increasingly Making Meals of Dogs, Cats

California pet owners warned to take precautions

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in California have a disturbing revelation for pet owners: Most mountain lions in the region seem to have acquired a taste for dogs and cats. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, that insight comes from an analysis of the stomach contents of mountain lions legally killed last year.... More »

Cougar That Wowed Biologists Killed in Montana

She traveled more than 10 times as far as expected

(Newser) - A young mountain lion from Canada made a surprising journey of hundreds of miles before she was killed by a hunter in Montana, biologists say. The cougar, nicknamed Sandy, was collared in British Columbia 10 months ago and, after a 450-mile journey, had settled in the Helena Valley when she... More »

Cougar With Teeth Growing From Forehead Perplexes

The animal was killed late last month in Idaho

(Newser) - A hunter in southeast Idaho bagged a cougar in late December that had an extra set of teeth … growing out of its forehead, the Idaho State Journal reports. "It has all of us scratching our heads," a wildlife biologist tells the Journal. It's described, per East ... More »

Jittery Milwaukee Thinks a Lion Is Roaming Its Streets

No sign of the animal since Monday, except on Twitter

(Newser) - Milwaukee residents, do not panic. That's an order from officials fielding dozens of calls since Monday, when a woman spotted what she claimed was a "lion" in her backyard on the north side of the city. A cellphone video appears to show a lion-like animal that wildlife experts... More »

Cougar Coming Off Endangered List ... for Very Bad Reason

Eastern cougar hasn't been seen since 1938

(Newser) - The eastern cougar no longer needs to be on a list of protected animals because it was killed off more than 70 years ago, the US Fish and Wildlife Service says. The agency now proposes shifting the subspecies from the endangered list to the extinct list, LiveScience reports. The FWS,... More »

Kentucky Shoots First Cougar in 150 Years

Animal hasn't been spotted in state since before Civil War

(Newser) - The last two confirmed sightings of a mountain lion in Kentucky occurred in the following time periods: before the Civil War, and on Monday. The cat, once native to the state, hadn't been spotted for more than a century until a farmer alerted the state Department of Fish and... More »

Cougar-Killing Wildlife Official Loses Post

California fish and game commissioner voted out of presidency

(Newser) - A California Fish and Game commissioner who shot and killed a cougar will soon be hunting for a new post. Daniel W. Richards was voted out of his position as president today, seven months after he slew a mountain lion on a hunting trip and ignited a serious backlash. Richards... More »

Cougars Again Prowl Midwest

178 confirmed sightings between 1990 and 2008

(Newser) - Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near-extinction, according to a new study in the Journal of Wildlife Management. The study showed 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest between 1990 and 2008—up significantly from sightings before 1990, when there... More »

Mountain Lion Shot Dead in Downtown Santa Monica

Residents angered by shooting of big cat

(Newser) - Things didn't end well for a young mountain lion who made his way through miles of urban landscape to downtown Santa Monica yesterday. After the janitor of an office complex stumbled across the cat, police officers made several attempts to subdue it using tranquilizing darts, nonlethal bullets and a... More »

Mountain Lion Attacks Boy

6-year-old Texas boy survives attack in national park

(Newser) - A 6-year-old Texas boy survived an attack by a hungry mountain lion in Big Bend National Park. The boy was walking with his family when the animal pounced, leaving him with puncture wounds and scratches, AP reports. The mountain lion tried to attack another family, but was fended off with... More »

High School to Teams: No, You Can't Be 'Cougars'

Yes, it's because of the reason you're thinking

(Newser) - Students at a high school near Salt Lake City will be cheering on their Chargers next season, even though they picked "Cougars" as the school mascot. It seems some well-meaning school board members overruled the results of the student vote because they thought Cougars would be offensive to women... More »

SUV Ends Cougar's Amazing Journey

Big cat walked from South Dakota to Conn. looking for love

(Newser) - A mountain lion walked an incredible 1,800 miles across America from South Dakota before being hit by an SUV just 50 miles northeast of New York City. DNA from the big cat killed on a Connecticut highway last month matches that of the Black Hills cougar population, and matches... More »

Eastern Cougar Is Extinct

Federal agency makes it official

(Newser) - The eastern cougar is coming off the endangered species list, but for the worst possible reason: It's extinct. The big cat, also called the eastern puma, has likely been gone since the 1930s, but the official confirmation came today from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It used to roam... More »

There Are No Cougars: Study

Or at least, not some huge group of them

(Newser) - The cougar trend is a myth—at least, that’s what one researcher wants you to believe. Cougars and cougar advocates everywhere, however, beg to differ. Michael Dunn recently released a study of 22,400 singles ads from dating websites, in which he found no “sizable cohort” of women... More »

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