Presentation on cougars by WNC Nature Center

Friday, June 12, 2009

Do cougars still live in the southern Appalachians?

The Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center will present a natural history program on this topic at 2 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at the Folk Art Center, near Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The program is part of the Friends 2009 annual meeting.

Dr. Don Linzey, a renowned large mammal expert and professor of biology at Wytheville Community College, in Virginia, will speak on cougars in the Appalachians, present a visual program and introduce his dog, Brandi, who helps him with cougar tracking.

Linzey has conducted mammal research in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 46 years and is the author of “The Natural History Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

At 3:30 p.m., younger kids are invited for cougar snacks and hands-on fun with some of the Nature Center's education animals, also sponsored by the Friends.

The talk is free to Friends members, $5 suggested contribution for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended. RSVP to Sarah Oram at 828-298-5600, ext. 308, or with your full name, the number in your party and which parts of the program you expect to attend. You may attend either or both.

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