Dr. Mark McCollough, will be speaking at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm on the “Eastern Cougar: Wild Cats or Wild Imaginations.” Mark is an endangered species biologist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the lead biologist for the eastern cougar. For five years he explored the possibility that a breeding population of cougars may persist in eastern North America. This research culminated in a 2011 status review concluding that the cougar was extinct in eastern North America (except for Florida). As a result of this review, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently removed the eastern cougar subspecies from the Federal Endangered Species List. But if the cougar is extinct, why are people still seeing cougars in Maine and elsewhere? Where are they coming from? Wasn’t a cougar recently killed in Connecticut? What is the likelihood that cougars could establish a population in the Northeast? Mark will answer these and other questions you have about cougars, catamounts, panthers, and pumas.