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About Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project

Cougar peering down from a treeLocated in northwestern Wyoming on 2,300 km2 of the most ecologically-intact ecosystems in the lower United States, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project is one of very few long-term cougar 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 – exquisite landscapes that boast diverse wildlife populations, including cougars, 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 cougar research. The project’s focus includes cougar population dynamics, such as the effects of recolonizing wolves and human hunting on cougar survivorship; cougar habitat selection; foraging ecology; and cougar interactions with other carnivores.

Panthera’s current team of scientists led by Dr. Mark Elbroch, Director of Science for Pumas, utilize cutting-edge GPS collars and high-tech remote cameras to track cougar movements, identify cougar dens, and observe the secret interactions between cougars. Our team has recorded rare and undocumented cougar behaviors, extended family lineages over time, and gathered a vast amount of data to reveal the hidden lives of cougars. Thus far, our research has included more than 120 individual cougars, documenting their territories, prey selection, population dynamics, and more.

All of these data are improving our understanding of the ecology of the species, and allowing Panthera’s scientists to better preserve the ‘American lion.’

We hope that you enjoy this channel’s videos and photos documenting the lives of these beautiful wild cats.

Learn more about Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project.

Read Panthera's Q&A on collaring cougars. 

Related Press

Read National Geographic Cat Watch blog posts on Panthera's Teton Cougar Project (TCP) by TCP Leader Dr. Mark Elbroch.

Read the December 2013 National Geographic Magazine ‘Ghost Cats’ article featuring Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project and cougar photos.

Learn about National Geographic Television’s ‘American Cougar’ documentary featuring Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project.

Learn about the new BBC film ‘Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places’ featuring Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project.