THE COUGAR FILES: 2013 DNA Study Confirms Cougars Presence in New Brunswick and Quebec

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Genetic Confirmation of Cougars (Puma concolor) in Eastern Canada
Abstract –
This paper presents the results of a long-term study to detect the presence of Puma concolor (Cougar) in eastern Canada. We installed 38 scratching posts to attract wild Cougars and collect hair samples in several national and provincial parks in Québec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. A set of semi-nested primers was used to discriminate Cougar samples from other mammalian species based on variation in the 16S rRNA gene of the mitochondrial DNA. Our analyses performed on 476 hair samples revealed 19 positive identifications of Cougars in Québec and New Brunswick. Sequencing further showed that some specimens were from South America, whereas others had a North American origin. We discuss the implications of these results for the conservation of Cougars in eastern Canada.
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1656/045.020.0302


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THE COUGAR FILES: 2013 DNA Study Confirms Cougars Presence in New Brunswick and Quebec — 1 Comment

  1. Wonder why the Eastern Cougar is extinct … even if it isn’t? “When a species is listed, the Species at Risk Act (SARA) requires that the habitat crucial for its survival and recovery (called critical habitat) be identified in a Recovery Strategy. For most species, recovery is only possible if critical habitat is identified and protected, maintained or restored. Yet the majority of Recovery Strategies do not identify and map critical habitat as required by SARA (Section 41).” David Suzuki.http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/wildlife-habitat/science/endangered-species-legislation/habitat-protection/

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