AN EXOTIC wildlife group from the United States has proposed to exchange the Grampians pumas with North American mountain lions in an attempt to improve the genetic diversity of the species.
The unique ‘Bi-puma Share’ (BS) program would see the mountain lions released into the Grampians with special GPS collars that alerted scientists if they strayed towards populated areas.
The Friends of Overly Large-Cats Society (FOOL) has offered to supply the mountain lions in exchange for the opportunity to capture Grampians pumas and return them to America.
FOOL spokesman, I. Ron Pyrite said the proposal would help both nations.
“The idea is for some of the mountain lions to mate with the local pumas and rescue the population from genetic disaster through inbreeding,” Mr Pyrite said.
“We would only need some of the Grampians pumas to help preserve their rumoured black fur, which has never been confirmed in any other wild populations.
“It’s also a matter of natural justice that some of these American pumas be returned to their homeland.”
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