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Old 01-12-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by gulo View Post
It's more about prey and prey density than habitat. They are as adaptable as coyotes and occupy more ecosystems than any mammal in the western hemisphere.
While they are extremely adaptable, they of course existed at far lower population densities then coyotes do today due to their much, much larger home range territories. A cougar, of course, is a much larger predator requiring alot more food per predator than a coyote.

This combined with the facts enumerated here by others relating to less than ideal habitat (moose country, vs. deer country) probably explains why cougars may have existed at a lower density in the ADKs and similar habitat than in other areas with larger game populations.
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