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The Cougar in the East – What is Real and What is not Real

Posted by Terry Day for March 7, 2013

The Mill Cove Environmental Education Center is sponsoring a workshop, “The Cougar in the East – What is Real and What is not Real,” at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public. 

The program will be presented by Kerry Geykis, a private, professional forester who has been in the big cat’s territory in the American west and has tracked him there with professional biologists.   

The presentation will include slides that cover prehistory, history, cat biology, reproduction, tracks and methods of identification, hunting and killing, interaction with man, sightings in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, hoaxes, and habitat.  There will also be books available as well as plaster casts of tracks.

Geykis is a former Tioga County Planning Director and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and North America.  He lives in Tioga County back in the woods in a home that he and his family built many years ago. He has also kayaked all over the Northern Hemisphere and has published one novel as well as many outdoor articles and commentary.

Mill Cove’s mission is to provide environmental, educational and recreational opportunities for current and future generations. It is a 501-c-3 organization with the stated goal of constructing an environmental education center in the Mill Creek Valley. Several property improvements have been made to the Mill Cove Environmental Area during the past year including; construction of a series of portable pavilions and a comfort station, the development of a water well, and the establishment of a butterfly garden by the Girl Scouts of Mansfield.  The public is encouraged to visit and enjoy this unique and pristine environmental area.

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