American Predators II [F-18-3]

Presenter: John McDonald
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 2:00 PM 10/08, 10/15
Status: Course Closed

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This course is a continuation of last spring’s course on wolves, coy wolves, cougars and jaguars. Concentration will be on cougars and jaguars. Cougars, ranging from the Canadian Yukon to the Andes of South America, are the most widespread of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the western hemisphere. Jaguars are the only member of the Panthera genus (lions, tigers and leopards) in the Americas; unfortunately, they have been extirpated from the United States.

John McDonald retired from IBM and Arrow Electronics. He has had a lifelong interest in large predators, especially the big cats. While in college, he worked in primate research; after that, he spent some time with Dave Hoover, the lion and tiger trainer for the Clyde Beatty and Cole Bros. Circus. He corresponded with George Adamson of “Born Free” fame and was offered the opportunity to conduct field research on Adamson’s lions in Kenya. John has spent time working in Africa working as a volunteer with wild cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s research facility in Namibia. More recently, working with organizations in the U.S. involved with wolves and cougars, he has focused his attention on large American predators.

Cap: 50

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