Enjoy a variety of videos and photographs capturing the elusive and majestic cougar, learn about cougar habitats, and experience educational programs.
During the late winter of 1999, Tom Mangelsen photographed and filmed a mother cougar and her two kittens outside Jackson, WY. This video includes rare footage of wild cougar kittens interacting with each other and their surroundings.
Project CAT (cougars and teaching) was established in 2000 as a partnership between the Cle Elum-Roslyn school district and the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (WSDFW) to research the impacts of local development on cougar habitat and behavior along the eastern slopes of Washington's Cascade range. The research was completed in 2008.
"Spirit" was the name given to the mother cougar who raised her kittens on Miller Butte in Jackson Hole National Elk Refuge. Starting on February 14, 1999, and for 42 days afterward, Tom Mangelsen photographed the cougar family. The photographs formed the basis of "Spirit of the Rockies," written by Cara Blessely Lowe. On the 10th anniversary of this unique wildlife event, Tom and Cara remember Spirit, the cougar that inspired the creation of The Cougar Fund.
What are the odds of being attacked by a cougar? The answer will amaze you.
Your donation to the Cougar Fund helps protect the cougar throughout the Americas.
Photographs of The Cougar Fund's Jackson Hole Cougar Posse 2012
Starting on February 14th, 1999, and for a period of approximately 40 days, photographer Tom Mangelsen had unprecedented access to a wild cougar mother and her three kittens. Tom's photos became the basis for the book Spirit of the Rockies, and the formation of The Cougar Fund.
Your purchase of Cougar Fund caps, mugs, books and artwork will help support our mountain lion outreach and education initiatives.
All images and videos are of wild, not captive, cougars. For more info, please read this Point of View by Co-founder Tom Mangelsen.