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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

The BBC British broadcast network has released a documentary film narrated by Sir David Attenborough that will air in the USA toward years end(date tba)........The film follows the PANTHERA study of two mother lions and their brood in the Yellowstone watershed,............The PANTHERA Puma study is the longest running on record........ The monitoring of these animals started in 2000 and focuses on the impact of reintroduced wolves, human hunting, habitat selection, foraging strategies and interactions with other carnivores

Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places

A BBC documentary following two mountain lion families studied through Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project

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About the Documentary

Narrated by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough, the BBC documentary ‘Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places’ follows a year in the lives of two mountain lion mothers – F51 and F61 – and their kittens studied through Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project in the spectacular southern Yellowstone ecosystem.
Utilizing GPS collars and remote cameras, Dr. Mark Elbroch, Science Director for Panthera's Jaguar and Puma Programs, provides an unprecedented glimpse into the secret lives of these mountain lion families (also known as cougars and pumas). Dr. Elbroch shares expert insight into the distinctive parenting styles of F51 and F61, the threats facing their young kittens, including wolves, other mountain lions and freezing temperatures, and the impressive resilience of this species.
Watch the film to see intimate footage of these mountain lion mothers and their kittens as they learn to hunt, nurse, play, groom and fight to survive in the mountains of northwestern Wyoming.
This film will debut in the UK on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 8pm. 
Stay tuned for details on the U.S. release date of the film later this year.
Visit the BBC’s website to learn more about this film.

About Panthera's Teton Cougar Project

Dr. Elbroch and other team members collar F61
Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project was originally founded by Dr. Howard Quigley, Executive Director of Panthera’s Puma and Jaguar Programs, in 2000. One of very few long-term puma projects in North America, the Project operates in northwestern Wyoming, on 2,300 km2 of one of the most ecologically-intact ecosystems in the lower United States. The project’s focus includes puma population dynamics (including the effects of recolonizing wolves and human hunting on puma survivorship), puma habitat selection, foraging ecology, puma interactions with other carnivores, and the social behaviors and organization of pumas.
Currently, Dr. Mark Elbroch, Science Director for Panthera's Jaguar and Puma Programs, and our team utilize satellite-GPS collars, motion-triggered cameras, and other novel research methods to track puma movements, identify puma dens, and monitor kittens from an early age. Thus far, Panthera’s scientists have monitored more than 130 individual pumas, documenting their territories, prey selection, and population dynamics. Over 13 years, we have recorded and observed rare and undocumented puma behaviors, including puma adoptions and food-sharing, extended family lineages over time, and gathered a vast amount of data to reveal the secret lives of pumas in order to better preserve the species.

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