Cats are by no means afraid of water as they say: the South Asian Sundarbans or jaguars in the Pantanal actively go to the water to seek out or colonize new territories. cougars (Puma Concolor) On the other hand, North and South America have not yet been considered water-loving species. However, this chapter may have to be rewritten, at least in part, as notes by Mark Elbrush of the Nature Conservancy Panthera and his team’s presentation. They are described in Northwestern Naturalisthow cougars actually climb into the frigid Pacific Ocean to make their way to offshore islands.
As part of the Olympic Cougar Project, the working group collected data on how and where cougars move in the Olympic Peninsula region between Washington State and British Columbia, Canada. Large parts of the peninsula are part of nature reserves, but the nearby towns and the sea were considered barriers to the big cats.
At least the latter should be reviewed: In July 2020, the young “Nolan”, equipped with a transmitter, swam from the east coast of the Olympic Peninsula to the offshore island of Squax. Although the distance was only 1.1 kilometers, it was the first evidence that cougars could also cover longer distances at sea. The researchers then looked for other confirmed evidence of cougars on islands in the local Salish Sea – and found evidence of four additional islands, some more than two kilometers from the nearest land.
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