Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Lewis and Clark in North Dakota:
Wildlife Then & Now
Panther, Louservia & Tiger Cat (Mountain Lion, Canada Lynx & Bobcat)
Compared to wild dogs, wild cats were a rarity on the northern Great Plains.
Although familiar with these animals back in the United States, no members of
Lewis and Clark's expedition reported seeing wild cats while in North Dakota.
Historically, mountain lions were rare east of the Missouri and uncommon in
the badlands. Lynx probably were found in the Turtle Mountains and Pembina Hills
prior to 1875. Today lions and lynx are sighted rarely in the state. Bobcats
were reported historically throughout the state at low numbers, with the most
frequent reports from the badlands. Bobcat numbers declined after settlement
of the badlands in the 1880s. Today, with regulated hunting and trapping, bobcats
have made a modest comeback with most of the animals taken in the badlands and
along the Missouri River.
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