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The rise of mountain lions in the Midwest

Cougars are on the rise in the Midwest. From 1990 to 2008, the number of sightings confirmed by wildlife professionals increased. That’s good news for fans of big cats, which were extirpated from most of that area around 1900.

Here’s a breakdown of the rise of mountain lions in the Midwest, by the numbers.

3: Number of known breeding populations that now exist in the Midwest: In the Black Hills of South Dakota, in the North Dakota Badlands, and in western Nebraska.

8: Percent of land in the Midwest that makes for suitable cougar habitat.

0: The number of cougars the average person is likely to see in the wild in their lifetime. “Really, one of the most important things I like to make sure people know is that it’s very unlikely that they will ever see or encounter a cougar,” says Michelle LaRue. “It’s slightly more likely than winning the lottery; your chances aren’t that great. But with that said, always be aware of your surroundings, especially in the wilderness.”

 

Source: Outside – By the numbers: The Rise of Mountain Lions in the Midwest

 
 

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North America poised to once again dominate world economic growth

The Economist published a barometer of world business according to 1,500 senior executives. It’s a complicated graph but very interesting because it shows North America will once again lead the world out of trouble.

Read it as follows, “Balance of respondents expecting:”

  • global business conditions to improve (let side)
  • their companies to have more employees in a year’s time (right)

On both sides North America leads the way with improving business conditions and new hirings.

“In North America more executives are bullish than bearish for the first time in a year. On jobs, the balance of firms expecting to hire over the next year has increased in all regions.”

 

 

via The Economist – Daily Graph

Change your world view – maps with the North Pole as the center

Imagine the world with its center at the North Pole.

Asia nearly touches North America, and Europe is a short Viking’s paddle from North America too.

Add in the Winter ice and all the land masses connect.

The view from space.

 

 

//Maps are from – Reading Teachers, Athropolis, and the National Science Foundation.