Eastern Catamount Declared Extinct

In March of 2011, the Eastern Catamount was declared officially extinct by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

In 2011, Vermont forests and wildlife have rebounded from massive deforestation which was a result of economic activity in the 1800’s that included the cutting/burning of trees for potash and sheep grazing. There have been many reports of mountain lions in the Green Mountains spanning the years since 1881 when forested tracts started to return and the last officially recognized Eastern Panther the “Barnard Monster” was shot and killed.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Winter Crossing 1993.

Conversation with anonymous source on porch of home looking towards the mountains
It touched the yellow line and was gone in a flash!

My personal experience with a mountain lion. Initially the first time I was driving home at night in December, it was probably 1993 & the road I live on is rural & I saw for less than a second and a half an animal cross the road in front of me that came out of the side of the road and it touched the yellow line and was gone in a flash.
It was long, lean and had a three foot long tail.This was at night and the headlights were on the animal & I would have gone back to look for tracks but there wasn't any snow.
Do you remember the color?
Tawny-beautiful and there was no mistaking it when you see one-You know a coyote has a puffy tail and a deer has a white short tail and there is nothing else that has a three foot long tail that looks like a sausage.  
There was no way I was going to catch a glimpse in the woods it was dark. I was amazed and ecstatic-never thought I would see one again. 

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