Cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are magnificent predators who typify wildness, They are villified because on occasion they attack humans, but these attacks are extremely rare. Nonetheless, cougar-human encounters make for sensational headlines. I've met cougars very up close and personal three times - close encounters of the lion kind - and am still here to write this story. They freely roam around my home that is located within their living room, and I've chosen to coexist with them. I'm the intruder here and there's no reason why they should leave or be removed. 

Now, trappers from Wyoming Fish and Game have removed the mother of two kittens despite the fact that the kittens are still dependent on her for food and their survival. The family was living in their natural home range on the edge of Jackson, Wyoming (where people had been feeding deer) and there had been no problem with their being there at all. Apparently someone complained and Wyoming Fish and Game went out and trapped and removed mom. 

You can do something about this horrific and heartless situation. Please contact Tim Fuchs (tim.fuchs@wyo.gov) or Mike Boyce (michael.boyce@wyo.gov) at Wyoming Game and Fish Department and ask them to release the cougar mother immediately so she can find her kittens (307-733-2321). Another petition can be found here

Teaser photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen, Images of Nature, co-founder of The Cougar Fund.

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