Cougar encounter

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
dave gaines
OP dave gaines Veteran Member • Posts: 9,183
The Cougars were here first

PBasepeterb wrote:

I'm thinking that the town of Glendale invaded the puma's's all a matter of perspective.

Hi Peter,

Yes, I'm sure you're right. These So Cal foothill areas have been inhabited for about 150 years. Moreso after 1900 and much more so after 1945 with the arrival of baby boomers. Cougars have always come into the ranches and orchards since the San Gabriel Mission was built in 1771 and some of the first adobe houses appeared in 1860. Farmers started to grow citrus in 1870 when settlers from Indiana and the northern midwest came to escape the winters. The cougars have always been here. Probably moreso in the mountains and foothills where there was a constant water supply for all animals. The cougars still come into residential areas all along the long foothill regions of Los Angeles County.

The last Grizzly Bear in the local mountains was killed around 1925. They are now extinct in California except for the one on the state flag. We invaded his territory too.

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