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Cougar Conservation & Science
 

Cougar Conservation & Science

"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.

Protecting Females and Kittens

Cougars are one of the extremely few animals that can be legally hunted while they are raising dependent young, unlike deer, elk, and antelope.

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Science Conservation

A science-based approach to understanding the cougar and cougar management.

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Historical Timeline

From the Pleistocene Age to the Modern Age the cougar has been a feature of the American wilderness.

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