First Confirmation of Cougar, Puma concolor, in the Yukon

Thomas S. Jung, Philip J. Merchant


Cougar (Puma concolor) have been reported from the Yukon as early as 1944. Despite many sightings, no indisputable, physical evidence of Cougar being present in the Yukon had been obtained. Here, we report on the first. In November 2000, a specimen was secured from near Watson Lake, in southeastern Yukon. Whether this specimen, and the numerous sighting records, are indicative of a low-density breeding population in the Yukon, or represent transients, is unknown.


Cougar; Puma concolor; Puma; Mountain Lion; Yukon

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