Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest

Paperback | April 19, 2012

byJohn W. Laundré

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Last seen in the 1880s, cougars (also known as pumas or mountain lions) are making a return to the plains regions of the Midwest. Their comeback, heralded by wildlife enthusiasts, has brought concern and questions to many. Will the people of the region make room for cougars? Can they survive the highly altered landscape of the Midwest? Is there a future for these intrepid pioneers if they head even farther east?
    Using GIS technology, and historical data, among many other methods, Phantoms of the Prairie takes readers on a virtual journey, showing how the cougar might move over the landscape with minimal human contact. Drawing on his years of research on cougars, John W. Laundré offers an overview of what has been, what is, and what might be regarding the return of cougars to their ancestral prairie homeland.

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Last seen in the 1880s, cougars (also known as pumas or mountain lions) are making a return to the plains regions of the Midwest. Their comeback, heralded by wildlife enthusiasts, has brought concern and questions to many. Will the people of the region make room for cougars? Can they survive the highly altered landscape of the Midwest?...

John W. Laundré has studied cougars for more than twenty years in both the United States and Mexico. As vice president of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation, he advocates the return of cougars to their former territorial range. A Wisconsin native, he is currently an adjunct professor of biology at the State University of New York at Osweg...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 19, 2012Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299287548

ISBN - 13:9780299287542

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

1 Cougars in the Prairies

2 Pre-Settlement Records and Demise of Cougars on the Great Plains

3 Ecology of Prairie Cougars

4 Future of the Cougar in the Midwest?

5 To the Prairies and Beyond

6 Challenges Facing the New Pioneers!

7 And Beyond!

Epilogue

Notes

References

Index

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“Dr. John Laundré has tackled an extremely timely and complicated subject. His assessment of cougar re-expansion into the Midwestern and eastern United States is based on the latest research, as well as his own biological expertise and long field experience.  Once he spells out the biological basics, however, Laundre boldly speculates regarding the future of and human responses to this amazing current phenomenon. His commentary will alternately please and rankle readers.”—Harley Shaw, author of Soul Among Lions and Stalking the Big Bird