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Old 12-15-2011, 03:05 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by Gman View Post
Population densities might matter if you could keep the cougars confined to the Adirondacks but you can't.
Why would you? They're at carrying capacity in California, the western state with the highest human density, the highest population of cougars, and the lowest ratio of cougar conflicts. Or look at Florida where the cats are hemmed in by Miami to the east, Naples to the west, and greater Orlando to the north - no human incidents.

Density doesn't equate to conflicts; hunting pressure and poor management does. Read Mattson et als report. Vancouver Island has by far the highest incidence of conflicts, where the hunting pressure has pounded the cats for decades.

Cougars could make it in Westchester.

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