Remembering Spirit

"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.

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