"The cougar is a keystone species on which one can design landscape-level conservation strategies…as well as an umbrella species, because conservation strategies benefiting cougars also benefit an array of other life forms living in intact ecosystems.” (Logan and Sweanor 2001).
Legal protection for cougars, a keystone species in North America, has been quite recent. Since 1965, regulations on killing cougars by all of the western United States (except for Texas) and provinces of Canada have enabled populations to recover.
Cougars are one of the extremely few animals that can be legally hunted while they are raising dependent young, unlike deer, elk, and antelope.
A science-based approach to understanding the cougar and cougar management.
The cougar is both a powerfully beautiful creature and an elusive one. The mysterious nature of the cougar has made it challenging for scientists, conservationists, and cougar lovers to take photographs of cougars in the wild.
We encourage anyone who has photographs of cougars in the wild to submit them to us. If you have a photograph you are willing to share, please email us.
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