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The Cougar Fund is 501(c)3 non-profit
P.O. Box 122
Jackson, WY 83001
Photography & Video by Thomas D. Mangelsen and Wild Nature Media.
© 2022 The Cougar Fund. All rights reserved.
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A powerful and practical resource for scientists, conservationists, and anyone with an interest in large carnivores.
All of the wildlife footage on Wild Nature Media by David Neils is of completely wild behavior of WILD wildlife in wild places. No audio, scent or visual lures are ever used with the camera setups. David also avoids filming wildlife in places where they are habituated to humans, such as in national parks.
In addition to filming wildlife with remote cameras, David develops and implement wildlife conservation projects with a focus on supporting private landowners who have taken the financial risk to create conservation easements on their land.
In April of 2014, our co-founder and renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen traveled to Patagonia to photograph wild pumas. Join him on this “Wild Encounter” with the greatest cat of the Americas!
Footage © Thomas D. Mangelsen
During the late winter of 1999, Tom Mangelsen photographed and filmed a mother cougar and her three kittens outside Jackson, WY. This video includes rare footage of wild cougar kittens interacting with each other and their surroundings. (Footage © Thomas D. Mangelsen; video produced by Fusionspark Media, inc.)
An excerpt from “Spirit of the Rockies: The Mountain Lions of Jackson Hole” / a film by Cara Blessley Lowe.
Warning: This video contains footage of a real cougar hunt in which a cougar is shot and killed by a sport hunter. Please view before sharing with children.
The Cougar Fund board members discuss why the sport hunting of cougars should end.
“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.
Inspired by a presentation from anthropologist Jeremy Narby at a National Bioneers Conference, Thomas D. Mangelsen narrates scenes with Narby’s brilliant thoughts on Intelligence in Nature. Filmed during Mangelsen’s January 2015 photographic safari to Kenya and Tanzania, watch as predator and prey survive in the beauty of the East African landscape. After watching, ask yourself — “How can we as predators learn to stop degrading the world we live in?”
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.
The project set out to communicate the idea that fear of attack in relation to cougars/mountain lions was disproportional to the actual empirical data which maintains that such incidents are indeed extremely rare.