Recent record of a cougar (Puma concolor) in Louisiana, with notes on diet, based on analysis of fecal materials

Paul L. Leberg, Michael R. Carloss, Larry J. Dugas, Kristine L. Pilgrim, L. Scott Mills, M. Clay Green, Daniel Scognamillo

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Abstract

We report a sighting, supported by DNA evidence from a scat, of a cougar (Puma concolor) in southeastern Louisiana. The 16S-rRNA genotype obtained from mtDNA is one that is common throughout North America, making it difficult to determine the origin of the individual. Based on DNA and hair scale analysis, the scat contained the partially digested remains of a dog (Canis familiaris) and an eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), indicating that the individual was successfully foraging on locally occurring prey.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-658
Number of pages6
JournalSoutheastern Naturalist
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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