After 100 years of decline, the cougar population in the U.S. Midwest is experiencing a resurgence. The species faced near extinction, but it has made a dramatic comeback.
Between 1990 and 2008, people in the region spotted at least 178 cougars, which is a huge increase in numbers prior to that time period. It is great to see that the cougar population has increased so dramatically.
Unfortunately, people who keep livestock are not so excited about the increase in mountain lions. While these large predators avoid humans, they often kill livestock, which means that ranchers in the area will not be thrilled when they find their flocks dead at the hands of cougars.
The thing is, the U.S. Midwest needs to find a way to co-exist with these mountain lions because killing them out completely is not a good option. There has to be a way for everyone to live together.
Have you seen an increase of mountain lions in your area? Have they negatively affected you or your property?