Panthera Launches the Cougar Channel
Panthera announced the launch of the Cougar Channel to share and highlight footage collected over three years from their Teton Cougar Project, one of the few long-term studies ever conducted of the lesser understood big cat. This project gives the secretive cat, that has been mischaracterized as solitary and a vicious predator, a chance to come out of the darkness and share the spotlight they deserve.
Along with the BBC documentary Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places, which began showing in the United Kingdom last month and is scheduled to air in the United States this fall, the Cougar Channel offers an in-depth look into the private lives of these magnificent cats. Panthera’s remote camera footage is unraveling myths, helping increase understanding of mountain lion behavior and ecology and, most importantly of all, help us do a better job of protecting the species.
Understanding America’s Big Cat
The Teton Cougar Project team sorted through hundreds of hours of footage to find clips that show natural behaviors and the challenges these cats face as well as the perseverance essential to their survival. You will see for the first time, how they raise their young, socialize, play, groom, learn to hunt and survive the elements.
You will also witness other predators in the Tetons and begin to understand the fascinating and critical role they play in the landscapes they occupy. This new project brings the opportunity for increased understanding and is conservation media at its best.
If you love cougars, be sure to visit and bookmark www.cougarchannel.org and check back frequently as this is just the beginning! The Teton Cougar Project team will continue to post new and engaging footage, photos and stories about the cats as part of their ongoing and expanding field work with their growing team of cougar scientists.
About the Teton Cougar Project
Located in northwestern Wyoming on one of the most ecologically-intact ecosystems in the lower United States, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project is one of few long-term puma projects operated in North America.
Today, the project spans the Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, and Teton Wilderness Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. This exquisite landscape has diverse wildlife populations, including pumas, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, bison, and occasional wolverines, bobcats and Canada lynx.
Now in its fifteenth year, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project was co-founded by Dr. Howard Quigley, Executive Director of Panthera’s Puma and Jaguar Programs, and Dr. Maurice Hornocker, one of the original pioneers in puma research. The project’s focus includes puma population dynamics, such as the effects of recolonizing wolves and human hunting on puma survivorship; puma habitat selection; foraging ecology; and puma interactions with other carnivores.
To learn more go to Panthera Puma Program