Removing the Eastern Puma From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (Final)
Jan. 23, 2018
The U.S. FWS has determined the eastern puma (=cougar) (Puma (=Felis) concolor couguar) to be extinct, based on the best available scientific and commercial information. This information shows no evidence of the existence of either an extant reproducing population or any individuals of the eastern puma subspecies; it also is highly unlikely that an eastern puma population could remain undetected since the last confirmed sighting in 1938. Therefore, under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, we remove this subspecies from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule is effective 22 February 2018. POC is Martin Miller, Northeast Regional Office, tel: 413-253-8615, or Mark McCollough, Maine Field Office, tel: 207-902-1570 (Federal Register; 23 January 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 3086-3099).