(ANIMAL WELFARE) Once teetering on the brink of extinction, the North American cougar is now one of the greatest success stories in wildlife conservation. The big cat species goes by a wide variety of different names including mountain lion, catamount, puma, panther, and painter. By 1900, cougars were nearly extinct in all regions east of the Rockies. They were treated like vermin and allowed to be shot on sight. Fortunately, the panther is back on the prowl with an estimated 30,000 living in North America. Read the article below to learn more about these wild cats and their miraculous comeback. — Global Animal
The cougar is back on the prowl. Photo Credit: Associated Press, Bebeto Matthews
The cougar is back from near extinction. Photo Credit: Associated Press, Bebeto Matthews

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/science/cougars-glamorous-killers-expand-their-range.html?ref=science?src=dayp&_r=0