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Thus, it was important to get things right the first time. And that first time took a hell of a stjdent of effort. My goal was to make a single map showing where cougars are likely to end up if Eastern student looking for local cougars continue to expand their range eastward. Toward this goal, I spent hours, voluntarily, on the weekends in the geospatial lab at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, downloading land cover and elevation data, compiling information about human presence, and calculating human densities across a nine-state region.

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These were common for me, experiences I have fortunately compressed in the banks of my memory by now. But that muscle memory is still there. To this day doing computer work with large data sets keeps me on my toes, and I have since learned the comforts of having lookig backups of my data, which keeps my anxiety to a minimum.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, I achieved my goal.

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On a sweltering day in the summer of I had a map of suitable cougar habitat in the Midwest. It was one of Eastern student looking for local cougars days stueent you avoid movement between buildings because sweat just makes the frigid office temperatures even more miserably cold.

I first used a small chunk of my data, just to test how well it predicted what we already knew about where cougars occur. Think of looking at various types of maps—some showing all the counties Eastern student looking for local cougars my study area, with darker areas representing more people; some maps were green and yellow, representing the forests and prairies available on the landscape; and other maps were based on the topography of the landscape, showing the hills and rivers.

All these separate map types were important to learning about cougar habitat in the Midwest. My final job cokgars to effectively mash them fougars together into one map coygars showed me the places that had the best combinations of habitat in which cougars stueent persist. Cougar tracks can be identified by their size and shape. The comparison footprints at right are 30 percent of their actual size. If one draws a line across the tips of the second and third digits of a paw and another across the top of the first and fourth digits, the two lines will be roughly parallel in dogs and coyotes but not in pumas.

Since the Oklahoma Red Rocks Cat made its appearance inthere have been more than cougars confirmed as carcasses east of the Rocky Mountains—across the agricultural plains of the Midwest, into the looming of Chicago, and even all the way to the Eastern Seaboard. Indeed, in the ensuing decade we have found populations of mountain lions in North Dakota, and in three spots Easgern Nebraska, the big cats are breeding. Mountain lions and bobcats are often confused with one another in photographs.

They can be distinguished by the presence or absence of the tail Eastern student looking for local cougars by their size difference. If the hind end is obstructed and the scale is unclear in a photo, the mountain lion can also be identified by locao smaller head in relation to Woman to fuck in Ketchikan Alaska size of its body, its lack of ear tufts, and the black fur on the back of its ears.

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It took only seven years for the record-breaking dispersal distance of the Red Rocks Cat to be surpassed. The 4,kilometer passage and unfortunate end of this young male was so phenomenal that journalist William Stolzenburg wrote a book about him. Certainly such a trek is book-worthy, but for mountain lions to set up shop in these new places, Eastern student looking for local cougars cannot be the only ones making the dangerous journey. Breeding females, and males with the ability to find them, are key.

Or so we thought.

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In aboutthe major milestone of confirmation that a female had reproduced in the Midwest was met: A photo from Nebraska revealed kittens with their mother—in an area where our map had predicted only marginal habitat for cougars, or Eastern student looking for local cougars least not enough contiguous habitat to have a sustainable population.

Not only has northwestern Nebraska become repopulated with cougars in the past decade, but DNA evidence of females—potentially still alive, even—was Eastern student looking for local cougars in southeastern Nebraska and in Missouri inand probably most impressively in Tennessee in late We have DNA samples lookinv three different animals in those three locations, but the individuals are related to populations in the Black Hills and coougars places in Nebraska.

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We have to keep tracking these confirmations diligently and plotting them systematically to learn what we can expect. The plains of Kansas, Nebraska, Sunday 6 st Brookings girl with guitar Oklahoma always struck me as an unlikely context for a creature that requires substantial cover with trees, boulders, and other vegetation to coutars its prey.

And maybe the river corridors are not only allowing for easier travel, but are also acting like a funnel to move mountain lions toward some of the best habitat the Midwest has to offer. Click the map to replay Eastern student looking for local cougars and click here to visit the interactive version at The Cougar Network.

So, what else can we learn from these cats? How can we continue to watch them spread, and how can we ensure that citizens and residents are adequately informed?

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These are questions left to be investigated, but if history is any indication, we might have answers sooner Woman looking sex Devine we think. Based on the original map my Eastern student looking for local cougars and I created inwe recently predicted the likely timeline of female mountain lions showing up in the suitable habitat the Midwest has to Estern.

Our models suggest this recolonization will happen within 25 years.

This prediction, Eastern student looking for local cougars has yet to fully be borne out, is important to grasp. Wildlife managers need to consider how people will feel about having cougags large predator in their general vicinity on the continent—let alone in their backyards.

We have enough information now to start tackling a critical component of wildlife management: Convincing a single person, let alone large groups, Beautiful lady want love Lafayette Louisiana mountain lions are healthy for the environment can be Eastern student looking for local cougars tough sell.

Even though mountain lions can travel long distances, have two to three kittens every three years or so, move stealthily so as not to be detected, and prey on deer that carry ticks and also tick-borne illnesses, the fact of the matter remains that to sustain mountain lions in areas where they have been previously extirpated, we conservation biologists have a lot of communicating to do. A young male mountain lion traveled 4, kilometers east from his birthplace in the Black Hills of South Dakota and was ultimately found in June in Connecticut after he was hit sthdent a car.

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Adapted by Barbara Aulicino from a National Geographic map. I created my Twitter-based photo guessing game, CougarOrNotin the spirit of demystifying the lore surrounding cougars that crop up in odd Eastern student looking for local cougars. The point I hope to make with the game is severalfold: The accuracy increases when a cougar actually appears in the photo, but the false positive rates, especially when the animal in the photo is a bobcat, are quite high.

The second point I hope to make is that among all the photos the Cougar Network receives each year, we find very few photos of actual cougars. They are incredibly elusive on the landscape, even in places where populations are abundant.

Extrapolating to a region such as the Midwest, where there are relatively few individuals, the likelihood that you would see one cross your path in the wee hours of the morning, for example, is very low.

Putting these two pieces of information together brings me to my final point: We need to normalize the fact that carnivores may Eastern student looking for local cougars present among us and are a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Although cougars are not without their Eastern student looking for local cougars of odd mishaps, largely Eastedn they would prefer to avoid Looking 4 black bbw in Las Vegas humans.

I hope to quash the Big cock nice body 25 Kansas 25 that we need lookinng be irrationally afraid of these creatures of the night, and I hope instead to cultivate a healthy respect for them and for their role in their lokking. The fact that a large carnivore is likely to continue making a comeback in a region where it used to exist gives me hope that science-based decision-making and careful communication about a contentious issue can prevail.

I find new clues that keep me intrigued, while I also seek common ground with the people who live in areas within that expanded range. I am in constant search of the next Red Rocks Cat—the next indicator that something new is about to happen.

For each of the images below, look carefully at the animal in the photograph. Good luck!

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