Early UW-Green Bay grad writes book on cougars’ return to Midwest


John W. Laundré, a 1971 grad of UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Sciences program, is the author of a new book to be released May 23 by the University of Wisconsin Press. Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest documents how the native cats are making a return to the plains regions. Their comeback, heralded by wildlife enthusiasts, has brought concern and questions, as well. Laundré has studied cougars for more than twenty years in both the United States and Mexico. As vice president of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation, he advocates the return of cougars to their former territorial range. He is currently an adjunct professor of biology at the State University of New York at Oswego. For more on the book.