Cougar 6, Big Creek, Montana
To successfully photograph a mountain lion in the wild - you'd better count yourself lucky!
Most images of cougars are taken on a game farm, in a zoo, or worse, sedated / dead during a wildlife
management activity. This wild mountain lion was 'treed' by dogs that were trained to track mountain
lions for human hunting. On this day, this 100+lb female cat was not injured more than a scratch or
two... The dog's owner was training a new dog to track cats and asked if I was interested in coming
along with my camera... I could not pass up such an opportunity to see a wild mountain lion!
An elusive animal in North America which is known by over 5 different names - mountain lion,
cougar, catamount, puma, panther, painter, wild cat... This large cat was hunted to near extinction
within Yellowstone's boundaries in the late 1800's, yet it persevered and has maintained an existence
still today, without conflict with humans.
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