Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Cougar Returns to the East

Winter is usually a relatively quiet time on the Appalachian Trail - less hikers, no bugs, some (or a lot of) snow and ice, wind, cold, and quiet.  It can also make for great wildlife tracking with the snow offering up insight into the mysteries of the animal kingdom.  What passed through last night?  Which way was it going?  How big was it?  One of the most interesting and scintillating mysteries is that of the cougar (or wildcat or mountain lion).  For many in the western United States it's existence is a reality, but in the east it is a ghost.  Some claim to have seen them, some claim that they aren't here or that if they are there is no viable breeding population.  Despite what side of the issue you claim, here is an opportunity to learn more about these stealthy creatures and their habits and habitat.  The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with several other local conservation organizations, is sponsoring a talk by expert Sue Morse of KeepingTrack to present her knowlegdge on the cougar followed by a question and answer session.  We hope you will join us.