10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-736-1053.
MOUNTAIN LIONS IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND - A SPECIAL PRORAM WITH BILL BETTY AT THE DERBY NECK LIBRARY
On Sunday, October 28, at 2:00 p.m., the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center will sponsor a program on Mountain Lions by Bill Betty, a Mountain Lion lecturer from Rhode Island at the Derby Neck Library. „ . Bill is a very knowledgeable and fascinating speaker with more than a dozen sightings in the last thirty-five years with America's most shy and secretive animal. Bill's close encounters with nature's perfect predator in Rhode Island and the many sightings of cougars by seven other family members in three New England states, give compelling testimony about the presence of these animals in the region.
In Eastern North America, cougars were nearly driven to extinction with their range limited to Canada, Florida, and a dozen states in the west. Now the Big Cats are making a comeback. Colonization of the region is well underway. Evidence has been recovered in many states, including a road kill in Milford, Ct last year. The observation of cougar kittens in many areas strongly suggest a breeding population exists. The only questions that remain unresolved are the origins and numbers of Pumas in the East.
This 70 minute PowerPoint program is suitable for general audiences. Maps, books and other items will be available for attendees to examine. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. and the Ansonia Nature Center's animal ambassador program. Advance fee of $10.00 per person is requested (Checks payable to FANCI). Call 203-736-1053 to reserve a place. Please note that this special program is being held at the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. in Derby.