Sunday, 27 April 2014
NEWSLINK: Big cat of Dakotas
Panther is actually a general term referring to a handful of big cat species found around the world. That logo we see around Rugby all the time could represent a black variant of a leopard, jaguar or cougar.
The distinctions and characteristics of North American big cats were discussed on Wednesday at Rugby High School when furbearer biologist Stephanie Tucker visited Frank Martz's junior high science classes.
Tucker's presentation focused primarily on mountain lions (Puma concolor), the largest furbearer in North Dakota. She works for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and helps lead an active six-year research project on mountain lions. Her job includes fielding calls about possible furbearer sightings and educating the public about mountain lions and other animals read more