Although the eastern cougar has been on the endangered species list since 1973, its existence has long been questioned.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) conducted a formal review of the available information and, in a report issued March 2, 2011, concludes the subspecies of eastern cougar has likely been extinct since the 1930s. The Service will prepare a proposal to remove the eastern cougar from the US endangered species list. (Source: ScienceDaily, 03.03.2011)