Identification

A fortunate few catch a glimpse of a cougar, or what they think is a cougar. Did you see one?

Image of Bridge - cougar paw print in snow

Learn how to correctly identify a cougar in your area.

Cougars are elusive animals that typically avoid contact with humans and even other cougars. Nevertheless, correctly identifying a cougar in your area can keep both you and the cougar safe.

Below are a few links that can help you understand key characteristics of a cougar:

Mountain Lion ID Course: http://fwp.mt.gov/fwpDoc.html?id=40997

Cougar Tracks: http://www.bear-tracker.com/cougar.html

If you have specific questions about a cougar sighting in your area, please contact local authorities.

The Cougar Fund proudly provides further educational opportunities in the hopes of increasing the public’s awareness of cougars. Please click here for an in-depth look at our education programs, and here for information on living in cougar country.