When I was easing up to retirement, our relatives "back home" wanted to know if we were moving back there. Not knowing how to politely say HELL NO!, I explained that we had become acclimatized to the warmer weather - which is factual, and occurred after less than a year in TX. If I never pick up another snow shovel, it'll be too soon.
To bring this thread back on track (well, almost), there were sightings of at least one cougar in NH by knowledgeable people during the '80s, yet vehemently denied by state F&G. One of those observers was a turkey biologist then working for the NWTF.
I have a grandson in law, when I told him one time that there had been cougars reported in the area he was hiking in. I told him he needed to be packing a gun he just laughed. He thought I was talking about the 2 legged type. Scard the hell out of him when he found out what I was talking about.
"We the people, are the rightful masters of both the Congress, and the Courts. Not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who have perverted it." ~Abraham Lincoln
Be nice you never know the battle the other person is fighting.
Today is the oldest you've ever been, yet the youngest you'll ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts.
A google yesterday of states with cougars showed a list of states with "breeding populations". The list only showed 16 states. Same kinda careful tweeking of wording that was used for bears and other things over the years.
Actually passed a black couger walking in a ditch next to the road in Jefferson County, Ga. a couple monthes ago. Wanted to hit the brakes and back up to get a picture but 18 wheelers were all over me. BTW.... hunting ghost cougers pretty much requires the same calibers and equipment used to hunt unicorns....