Published Jul 5, 2016
Was a hiker on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia attacked by a mountain lion or are they extinct in that region? Some type of animal attacked an AT hiker on Friday, July 1, 2016, in the vicinity of Humpback Rock in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Waynesboro.
My research into mountain lions uncovered fascinating facts:
Eastern cougars were deemed in 2011 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be extinct. Our tax dollars were quickly and cleverly spent on removing cougars from the endangered species list.
Three months later a mountain lion was wiped out by an SUV on a highway in Connecticut. Officials explained the deceased animal must have wandered from the Black Hills of South Dakota.
On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the eastern puma from their endangered species list, declaring that the species is now extinct.
The man attacked on the Trail was treated and was last reported in stable condition, according to the Augusta County Emergency Call Center.
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There are not many rules for hiking the Appalachian Trail, but there are seven rules for camping near bears.
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