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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 »

Teenybopper Stars Stoke Moms' Lust

They're not afraid to share daughters' crushes

(Newser) - Move over, Brad Pitt and George Clooney—today's moms are lusting after a new generation of leading men ... or should we say boys? Women in their 30s and 40s aren't afraid to declare their love for Zac Efron, Justin Bieber, and their daughters' other dream guys, the Boston Globe reports.... More »

Cougar Climbs Through Pet Door to Eat Dog

Big Cat seriously injures 2 others

(Newser) - A cougar slipped into a pet door in a Colorado home and ate one dog and seriously injured two others. "I walked into the kitchen and saw a big animal chewing on one of my dogs with my son standing nearby," a woman told ABC News . She grabbed... More »

Cruise Line Turns Down 'Cougar' Voyage

Older women, younger men forced to find another party venue

(Newser) - For one cruise line, the prospect of a racy party targeted at older women and younger men just isn't worth it. Carnival Cruise Lines hosted a 300-strong group of "cougars and cubs" last month, but when CougarEvents.com tried to schedule another, Carnival said no thanks. "We have... More »

Dog Saves Boy From Cougar

Austin Forman and golden retriever OK after attack

(Newser) - An 11-year-old British Columbia boy and his dog are both fine after a Saturday night run-in with a cougar—during which the dog, Angel, lived up to its name. A cougar charged at Austin Forman as he collected firewood—but Austin’s 18-month-old golden retriever got in between them, leaving... More »

Younger, Smarter Wife = Bliss

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered the secret of a happy marriage—at least for the husband: a younger, smarter wife. Such marriages are likely to last, particularly when neither spouse has been previously divorced. Marriages involving women at least five years younger than a husband and with a higher educational level fared... More »

Enough With This Cougar Thing

Who wants to date a Twitter-using, pizza-obsessed 20something anyway?

(Newser) - The cougar phenomenon is spreading—in the UK, one 39-year-old woman runs a camp teaching aspiring cougars how to attract younger men. “Who cares, you may cry. Women should be fighting back over an ageist, youth-obsessed society,” writes Helen Croydon in the Independent. True as that may be,... More »

Candace Bushnell Is Not a Cougar

Term is derogatory, she argues

(Newser) - Sex and the City scribe Candace Bushnell may be a glamorous 50-year-old married to a man 10 years her junior—but don’t call her a cougar, the New York Daily News reports. “How come every time women manage to break out of traditional roles, someone comes along and... More »

Cougars Drool Over Lambert

(Newser) - “Cougar-aged” women across the continent tuned into American Idol for the first time this season, Joan Raymond writes for Newsweek, after acquiring an obsession with its oh-so-sexy and oh-so-gay eventual runner-up, Adam Lambert. “We became Glamberts,” Raymond writes. “When we got together, we no longer talked... More »

The Cougar Must Be Put Down

(Newser) - Rebecca Traister is fed up with the concept of the “cougar,” she writes for Salon. She doesn’t “hate the solitary wildcat who feasts on deer,” or “women who have sex with younger men. What I hate is the never-ending cutesy-pie conflation of the two.... More »

'Cougar' Trend a Myth

Turns out most men still want younger women

(Newser) - The idea that a legion of young Ashtons are out there prowling for older women is—sorry, ladies—a myth, writes Meredith Goldstein in the Boston Globe. The dating industry is awash with tales of “cougar” events canceled due to low interest among younger men, and industry experts confirm... More »

Do Cougars Really Spawn a Brighter Brood?

(Newser) - "At last, science has produced the case for cougars," writes Emily Nussbaum in New York. A study analyzing more than 50,000 pregnant women found that older fathers produce progeny that score lower on concentration, memory, and learning tests. Older mothers, on the other hand, are associated with... More »

Barkin May Get Revenge on Ex Via New Show

Actress creates series based on her life and divorce

(Newser) - Ellen Barkin is producing and starring in an HBO pilot about a hot woman in her 50s "famous for her high-profile marriage, who divorces, and re-enters the singles market," the New York Post reports. Sound familiar? In 2006, Barkin's husband, billionaire Ron Perelman, surprised her with divorce papers... More »

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