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Old 12-13-2011, 09:48 PM   #21
gulo
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What isn't feasible?

Depending on who you talk to, there's between 60,000 - 100,000 whitetails in the Daks. 100 cougars would take 4,000 deer a year - barely a dent in the population.

The shaded areas show occupied cougar habitat in California (2/3 of the state), which supports about 5,000 cats (including the exurbs of every metropolitan area), the same area and human population as Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia combined.

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/images/lion_map.png

East LA

http://easterncougar.org/CougarNews/?p=4673

Northwest LA

http://easterncougar.org/CougarNews/?p=4673

Bay Area

http://easterncougar.org/CougarNews/?p=3824

Cougars are as adaptable as coyotes; smaller and stealthier than black bears (where NJ now has one of the densest populations in North America).

If NJ can support black bears, if the entire peninsula of Italy can support wolves, if CA can support 5,000 cougars, then why isn't almost all of NY State, which has a higher deer-density and way more cover than CA, feasible habitat for cougars?

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