Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cougars on the Rampage!

Okay, not exactly, but a new study shows that cougar sightings are increasing in the Midwest, especially west of the Mississippi. I got a little freaked out when I read this article this morning, not because I fear cougars but because I had dreamt about a cougar right before I woke up. The image was probably planted in my mind by the caged cougars I saw in Wisconsin last week, but it was still a weird coincidence.

This is the saddest part of the article:
Researchers theorize cougars are inhabiting the Midwest again following a “stepping stone” dispersal pattern — moving out of a dense population, stopping at the closest patch of available habitat and examining it for mates and prey before moving on. One male cougar made its way as far as Connecticut, where it was hit and killed by a vehicle.
So this cougar walked all the way to Connecticut just hoping to get laid, and then someone ran the poor bastard over. And I thought I had a rough time when I was single.

Of course, the cougar that visited Chicago four years ago didn't fare any better.

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