Cougar: Ecology and Conservation by Maurice Hornocker, Sharon Negri, Alan Rabinowitz

By Maurice Hornocker, Sharon Negri, Alan Rabinowitz

The cougar is likely one of the most pretty, enigmatic, and majestic animals within the Americas. Eliciting reverence for its grace and self reliant nature, it additionally triggers worry while it comes into touch with humans, pets, and cattle or competes for hunters’ online game. secret, delusion, and false impression encompass this extraordinary creature.   The cougar’s diversity as soon as prolonged from northern Canada to the end of South the United States, and from the Pacific to the Atlantic, making it the main common animal within the western hemisphere. yet overhunting and lack of habitat tremendously lowered cougar numbers by means of the early 20th century throughout a lot of its historic variety, and this present day the cougar faces a number of threats as burgeoning human improvement encroaches on its final habitat.   while Maurice Hornocker begun the 1st long term examine of cougars within the Idaho barren region in 1964, little was once recognized approximately this huge cat. Its secretive nature and rarity within the panorama made it tough to review. yet his groundbreaking examine yielded significant insights and used to be the prelude to additional learn in this arguable species.   The capstone to Hornocker’s lengthy occupation learning titanic cats, Cougar is a strong and sensible source for scientists, conservationists, and an individual with an curiosity in huge carnivores.  He and conservationist Sharon Negri collect the various views of 22 individual scientists to supply the fullest account of the cougar’s ecology, habit, and genetics, its position as a best predator, and its conservation wishes. This compilation of contemporary findings, wonderful images, and firsthand money owed of box learn unravels the mysteries of this excellent animal and emphasizes its value in fit environment approaches and in our lives.  

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The variety of topics that can be addressed through genetic research ranges all the way from relatedness of known individual animals to species-wide assessments of several kinds. Genetics allows the gathering of information relevant to cougar evolution and taxonomy, and also on a series of population characteristics, such as inbreeding, mutation rates, migration rates, and population size. Incorporating such information into management can be a critical tool for maintaining functioning populations with natural levels of gene flow.

New research tools such as satellite monitoring (global positioning systems, GPS), camera traps, and DNA analysis have opened new possibilities to investigators. 1, which also summarizes findings on physical characteristics such as size and color. Later chapters elucidate our current knowledge on topics now becoming technical specialties in their own right and outline additional research needs. Regarding early knowledge of the cougar, we differentiate somewhat arbitrarily between lore and science.

Anderson 1983; color can vary with region, individual, and season (Young and Goldman 1946). 5 years in captivity Normal longevity in wild <12 years. Female: 20–25 months Male: probably 36 months or older. 3–4. Can be born year-round; peak in late summer, early fall. 8. Throaty growl, low hiss, spit, gurgle, purr, bleat, birdlike whistle, mew, main call (intense form of the mew), and wah-wah. Sounds can be combined to form more complex vocalizations, such as the caterwaul the female emits during estrus.

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