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Puma Experts Gather at Trent
May 5, 2007

The Puma Conference LogoThe Ontario Puma Foundation is hosting the third annual Midwestern-Eastern Puma Conference at Trent University from May 23-26. Entitled "Apparent Apparitions", this conference brings together wildlife professionals, scientists, writers, and other people who have a keen interest in the recovery of this endangered species in the eastern region of North America.

The puma, also known as the cougar, mountain lion, or eastern panther, once ranged across North and South America from the southern tip of the Yukon Territory in Canada to the southern tip of Patagonia in Argentina, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans. After the European settlement in North America, the puma was persecuted resulting in the disappearance of the species from much of its range. In eastern Canada and the United States, the puma was hunted to extinction.

During this conference, delegates will discuss current sightings and puma research from the Maritimes to the Dakotas, and explore habitat and wildlife rehabilitation strategies. Native storytelling and a tour of the wildlife forensic labs in Trent’s new DNA Building are featured as highlights of the conference.

For further information, please visit the official website.