‘The Cougar Comes East’ Tuesday Night at RUHS

Communities / Sep. 7, 2017 9:06am EDT

“The Cougar Come to the East,” a presentation by Sue Morse of Keeping Track, sponsored by the Randolph Conservation Commission, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6-7 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Randolph Union High School at 17 Forest Street in Randolph.

There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy in a growing list of eastern states and provinces.

The public is invited to this illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. They will also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia.

Morse, who lives in Jericho, is the founder of Keeping Track, developer of its track and sign protocols, and leader of its field training programs and workshops. She has spent well over three decades researching wildlife, documenting her findings in articles and public presentations and being the subject of many publications herself.

“Sue is one of the most capable and experienced naturalists in the United States,” said Harley Shaw, retired biologist with the Arizona Fish and Game Department and an international expert on mountain lions.

This presentation is the first in a series of three sponsored by the Randolph Conservation Commission in its effort to provide the public information on pertinent topics.

The second presentation, on October 19 will be about the effect of climate change on animals of the north and the third, on November 14, will be about “Living with Bears.”

For more information about Sue Morse and KeepingTrack, visit KeepingTrack.org.

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