Cougars in Ontario

Update to: Habitat Legislation Rural Catastrophe

An update to a previous article about cougars in Ontario. In a recent discussion with an MNR employee, I was informed that MNR is now taking cougar sightings in Ontario very seriously.

This turnaround came about not because of all the sightings of cougars by landowners and city dwellers alike, but because an MNR biologist happened to spot two cougars near Peterborough. Kind of shows how much the Ministry listens to the people of Ontario.

Also, I misinformed you about the area a cougar uses. I had said its territory was 100 square miles. MNR informed me it is actually 600 square kilometres. Sorry about that.

This means that under the Species at Risk Act, the government can now designate more land as protected.

Ken Turnbull

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