Cougars are recolonizing the Midwest

Cougars (Puma concolor) have not lived in Oklahoma, Missouri and other midwestern states since the beginning of the 20th century. But now the cats are returning to and repopulating some of their former Midwest habitats, according to research published Thursday in The Journal of Wildlife Management. (The North American cougar is typically identified as the subspecies P. c. couguar, although cougar taxonomy remains a matter of scientific debate.)

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