AS WE SIFT THROUGH THE RUBBLE of a four-year blitzkrieg on the country’s air, water, wildlife and climate, we’re heartened to see the Biden administration articulating bold ideas about repairing the wreckage. Most impressive is his commitment to protecting 30 percent of the Earth’s landscape in nature reserves by the year 2030. In this spirit of building back better, we suggest adding one overlooked keystone to America’s reconstruction — mountain lions.
America’s reigning big cat, the mountain lion could start reviving ailing forests, slowing runaway climate change, saving lives — and maybe even restoring our faith in humankind. All for little more than us allowing the cat home, after driving them from half the country.