In our region we call it a catamount, but others call it a mountain lion, a panther, even the "ghost cat." But whatever you call it, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced March 2, that the animal known officially as the Eastern Cougar is, in fact, extinct. Decades have passed since the last confirmed sighting of a catamount in our region and wildlife biologists have have been unable to find evidence of the animal, despite dozens of reported sightings each year.
VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb talks with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Biologist Doug Blodgett about the catamount’s extinction in Vermont, and how this sub-species relates to other large cats outside the northeast.