Join us for a presentation by author Robert Tougias on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Also known as catamounts, mountain lions, and pumas, cougars once roamed free and wild all across the Northeast. By the 1890s, hunting rooted them out. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service declared cougars officially extinct in the area in 2011. A 140-lb. cougar was purportedly killed in Milford, CT that year and additional reports still come to authorities. Robert Tougias, nature columnist for The Day (New London) and author of Birding Western Massachusetts is one of the few folks with expertise studying pumas in the Northeast. His experiences have led to his new book The Quest for the Eastern Cougar. Mr. Tougias will discuss the history, folklore, and controversy over recent sightings and include images from his study. After the talk, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about his work. The Quest for the Eastern Cougar will be available for purchase and there will be free cougar information for patrons to take with them including a more in-depth analysis on the Milford cougar. Free and open to all, but please register to ensure seating. Don’t miss this fascinating mystery! Call Whittemore Library for more information- 729-4591.