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2/26/2019 - The Quest for the Eastern Cougar Presentation on March 26, 2019

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 6:30-8pm, in Kingsley Room, Robert Tougias will give a presentation about the history of eastern cougar, its removal from Connecticut, and the likelihood of its return.

Join us to learn more about the cougar. The cougar or Puma concolor once roamed free and wild all across the Northeast. It was extirpated from this region about 1890; however, ever since there have been sightings and even some field evidence. Yet local wildlife officials continue to tell us that they do not exist. In fact, the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the species extinct here in May of 2011. Only a month later, a 140 pound male cougar was struck and killed in Milford, Connecticut. If they are extinct then why do so many people see them and how do you explain the recent kill? Robert Tougias will answer this question and discuss the future of the large carnivore here in New England.

Robert Tougias is a nature author and has been studying the eastern cougar story for two decades. He is the author of Birding Western Massachusetts - A Habitat Approach (New England Cartographics) and presently has a column appearing in the New London Day Newspaper. He is considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the few experts on the subject. Robert's interest in the cougar peaked when he discovered large cat tracks near his family's cabin in northern Vermont. His new book The Quest For The Eastern Cougar is now available.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.