March 2, 2011

On This Date in! in 2011 researchers from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared that the Eastern Cougar was officially extinct as there were no breeding populations left in New Jersey or New York. The declaration was made in hopes that the subspecies would be taken off the endangered species list. Many of the younger females of the cougar species had complained about the protections offered to the older females under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The USFWS did say that the Cougars now inhabiting the East Coast weren’t from the subspecies of Eastern Cougar, but were big cats moving up from the South and Midwest to replace the extinct Eastern Cougar and the USFWS did understand the hardships the younger females of the species was having finding and keeping a mate, but that the USFWS had no control over the older females spending habits or the younger males attraction to shiny cars, alcohol and candy bars. The USFWS told the younger females that they’d have to compete for the males with their natural assets as best that they can.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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