A Special Program By Bill Betty, A Mountain Lion Lecturer from Rhode Island
Thursday, July 7, 2011, 7:00 PM to 9:00PM
Tolland High School Auditorium
1 Eagle Hill Road, Tolland, CT
Appropriate for ages 8 and above
Open to the public, $10.00 at door, under age 18 free admission.
The Mountain Lion, also know as the Cougar, Panther, Puma, or Catamount, is the most widely distributed mammal in the Americas. They live in many different types of habitats, from deserts to humid coast range forest, and from sea level to 10,000- foot elevations. Some occupy areas adjacent to towns and cities and make occasional appearances in suburban backyards.
In North America, cougars were nearly driven to extinction in the East and in the last century, they were limited to Florida and a dozen states in the West. But now the Big Cats are making a comeback.
Learn more about Mountain Lions and their presence in Southern New England from Bill Betty, a Rhode Island native who studies these amazing creatures.
Bill, a Mountain Lion lecturer who attended the 10th Mountain Lion Workshop in Montana last May, will give a ninety minute Power Point Presentation that covers all aspects of their behavior from reproduction to predation,from life span to habituation. Sport hunting, and puma pets will be also be discussed. The various theories that explain how Mountain Lions are rapidly reoccupying the Northeast will be explored.
Bill is very knowledgeable and a fascinating speaker with more than a dozen sightings and close encounters in the last thirty five years with America's most shy and secretive animal. His narrative of close encounters with nature's perfect predator in Southern New England gives compelling testimony about the presence of these animals in our region.
Many "show and tell items" - such as a skull, tracking maps, motion detection camera, cougar lures, scat samples and various books and pamphlets will be available for attendees to examine. Part of this program will include a segment on how to recover evidence as well as advice on where and when to search for this fascinating creature.