Cougar Reviews & Media


British Columbia sav­ant Paula Wild has writ­ten an instant clas­sic in her 2013 work The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous. Wild’s gen­i­al nar­ra­tion cre­ates as fine a work of pop­u­lar nat­ur­al his­tory as the American moun­tain lion has ever received. Here in one book is everything a curi­ous read­er might want to know about this remark­able anim­al. It should be required read­ing for every hiker, ranch­er, and sub­urb-dwell­er, espe­cially the ones who don’t ima­gine they could meet a lion just after lunch on Trailhead 2.”
~ Open Letters Monthly, an Arts and Literature Review

In this enga­ging study, B.C.-based author Wild (One River, Two Cultures) details the com­plex rela­tion­ship between humans and the big cats that serve as ‘com­pel­ling icons of everything humans fear and admire.’ Wild provides help­ful tips on liv­ing safely in cou­gar coun­try and urges a great­er under­stand­ing of these pred­at­ors in order to cre­ate a more har­mo­ni­ous human-feline coex­ist­ence. With rich pho­tos and lively prose, Wild’s inform­at­ive book should be of interest to wild­life spe­cial­ists and gen­er­al read­ers alike.”
~ Publishers Weekly

Paula Wild has bril­liantly dis­tilled everything you may or may not have wanted to know about moun­tain lions plus things you may nev­er have thought to ques­tion about the big cats into a page-turn­ing jour­ney of dis­cov­ery. The book cov­ers cou­gar bio­logy, nature, his­tory and beha­vi­or, as well as encoun­ters and attacks. Wild has crys­tal­ized her obser­va­tions and research into use­ful, yes, essen­tial inform­a­tion for any­one who may encounter a cou­gar. Her goal of inform­ing people for their safety as well as for the well-being of this infam­ous pred­at­or, has been my primary goal as well. But her ana­lys­is provides the read­er a great short­cut to what is most mean­ing­ful and import­ant.”
~ www​.cou​gar​info​.org

An essen­tial read for any­one liv­ing in cou­gar coun­try.”
~ The Log: Friends of Ecological Reserves

Paula Wild is an amaz­ing woman and writer…very charm­ing, inspir­a­tion­al too.”
~ Jo-Ann Roberts, CBC Radio All Points West.

The Cougar is a fas­cin­at­ing read and will grace book shelves for many years offer­ing insights into the secret life of cou­gars.”
~ Sooke News Mirror

The Cougar is a “must-read” for any­one who wants to know about this cap­tiv­at­ing yet poten­tially deadly beast — or for any­one who plans to vis­it, work, or live in cou­gar coun­try!”
~ The Midwest Book Review

If sen­sa­tion­al cou­gar attacks on people and their pets make you hungry to know more about these elu­sive felines, then Paula Wild’s The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous is for you.”
~ Vancouver Sun

An excel­lent read.”
~ Campbell River Courier Islander

A fas­cin­at­ing book.”
~ Coast Reporter Sunshine Coast

TV interviews

Global TV’s BC The Weekday Morning News with Steve Darling and Sophie Lui.

Shaw TV’s The Rush with Fiona Forbes.

Radio interviews

CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition with Rick Cluff.

Mountain FM Radio with Kirstin Ridout.

CBC’s All Points West with Jo-Ann Roberts.

Readers’ comments

I really enjoyed read­ing The Cougar! It was cap­tiv­at­ing and dif­fi­cult to put down. I have yet to see a cou­gar in the wild, but if that ever hap­pens I have a much bet­ter under­stand­ing of how to respond!”
~ Andrew Bennett

Just fin­ished your book and wanted to thank you for writ­ing it!  Engaging, inform­at­ive, demys­ti­fy­ing. I don’t live in cou­gar coun­try, but I travel and hike there often, and I feel bet­ter equipped to handle an (extremely unlikely) encounter now.”
~ Noah Comet, pro­fess­or of Literature and wild­life advoc­ate, US Naval Academy.

I just fin­ished read­ing your new book The Cougar and it  was one of the best and most inform­at­ive I’ve ever read on the sub­ject and I’ve read all of them.”
~ Spencer Ward

Your book taught me so much about cou­gars and what to do if I ever encounter one. I am an avid hiker, often alone, and I now feel more con­fid­ent and will bring the neces­sary weapons just in case the worst were to hap­pen, not to men­tion think twice about hik­ing at dusk. I am a believ­er in co-exist­ence with cou­gars and oth­er large pred­at­ors but its bed­rock is know­ledge, like you write in your book. ”
~ Coral Nast

My book just arrived today, and OH MY! I’ve been look­ing for a book like this all my life. It is just won­der­ful. I live in Cougar coun­try, and this will be very help­ful in learn­ing more about them.”
~ Margaret Gahner

The best non-fic­tion I’ve ever read.”
~ Sherry Abramson

Great work…it will be as import­ant as Stephen Herrero’s Bear Attacks Their Causes and Avoidance.”
~ Gottfried Esch Photography

The best cou­gar pub­lic­a­tion ever.”
~ Dave Eyer

A beau­ti­ful book and very enga­ging.”
~ Darrel Joan Tomkins

It’s so nice to see cou­gars being rep­res­en­ted as majest­ic and not demon­ized.”
~ Danielle Thompson, Wildlife Biologist, Parks Canada.

I read the first chapter last night and was totally engrossed. I’m buy­ing two more cop­ies for Christmas presents.”
~ Woman in a Port McNeill park­ing lot.

Loved the book!”
~ Carole Baskin, CEO Big Cat Rescue

Thanks for such an inter­est­ing read! I was able to pull a lot of valu­able inform­a­tion from the book.”
~ Meg Toom, coördin­at­or WildSafeBC Program for the District of Squamish.

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Paula Wild's books

Click on the nav­ig­a­tion links below to read about the oth­er books Paula has writ­ten.