Testimonials for The Cougar

Paula Wild has mel­ded a most read­able nat­ur­al his­tory of the moun­tain lion with an up-to-date dis­cus­sion of lion eco­logy, includ­ing rela­tion­ships with humans. Writing with bene­fit of her under­stand­ing of nat­ur­al envir­on­ments, Wild paints a fas­cin­at­ing scen­ario of this adapt­able big car­ni­vore and its role in dif­fer­ing eco­sys­tems. Combing first-hand accounts of moun­tain lion research­ers with estab­lished sci­entif­ic res­ults, she both informs and enter­tains. A first-class read for any­one inter­ested in this big, cha­ris­mat­ic anim­al.”

~ Maurice Hornocker founder Hornocker Wildlife Institute and Selway Institute, edit­or Cougar: Ecology and Conservation.

 “The Cougar is a must read for any­one who spends time in cou­gar hab­it­at. Although most people will nev­er see a cou­gar in the wild, the poten­tial for danger is very real. Paula Wild uses com­pel­ling first-hand accounts and inform­a­tion from experts to explain what to do if you encounter a cou­gar, ways to pre­vent an encounter from turn­ing into an attack and how to defend your­self if an attack occurs. I really enjoyed this book.”

~ Gary Shelton, author Bear Encounter Survival Guide, Bear Attacks  The Deadly Truth and Bear Attacks II Myth & Reality.

 “Cougars need writers like Paula Wild! Through her writ­ing style and her extens­ive inform­a­tion base, she makes the story of this cat come alive in a way that will build appre­ci­ation for the spe­cies, and more than a little won­der about it. She cov­ers the gamut – from the cat’s bio­logy and demo­graph­ics to the les­sons people need to live in cou­gar coun­try. With this, will come under­stand­ing, and with under­stand­ing will come a bet­ter future for cou­gars. Anyone with an interest in cats and wild­life will enjoy this book.”

~ Howard Quigley Teton Cougar Project Director and Executive Director of Jaguar Programs at Panthera

Cougar at rest

Photo cour­tesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mountain lions live among us — more so than often real­ized. While pre­vi­ous authors have effect­ively explained how to react when face to face with a live moun­tain lion, they have missed a much broad­er ques­tion: ‘How sus­tain­able is this coex­ist­ence?’ Wild delves into this com­plex issue by examin­ing a vari­ety of per­spect­ives from moun­tain lion research­ers, wild­life man­agers and attack vic­tims. By present­ing the his­tor­ic­ally neg­at­ive atti­tudes toward moun­tain lions along­side the com­plex social and bio­lo­gic­al chal­lenges the spe­cies is cur­rently facing, Paula sparks an eth­ic neces­sary to con­serve moun­tain lions long into the future.”

~ Marc Kenyon, Black Bear, Mountain Lion & Wild Pig Programs Coördinator California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Cougar in the snow

Photo cour­tesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife

I’ll be chan­ging my Bear & Cougar Encounter Course a bit to include what I’ve learned from The Cougar Beautiful, Wild & Dangerous. There is no oth­er book on cou­gars like this. It’s truly one-of-a-kind and will be valu­able and enter­tain­ing for wild­life man­agers and research­ers, as well as the gen­er­al pub­lic.”

~ Dave Eyer, wild­life safety instruct­or, author Bear & Cougar Encounters Course Handbook.

Wild anim­al attacks are extremely rare, but any­one who ven­tures into moun­tain lion hab­it­at should be aware of the poten­tial danger. We sur­vived a near fatal attack in 2007 because we took the time to learn about lion beha­viour. Paula provides this type of inform­a­tion and more in The Cougar.”

~ Jim and Nell Hamm, California moun­tain lion attack sur­viv­ors.

In The Cougar Wild reveals the hid­den life of these mys­ter­i­ous, mis­un­der­stood and amaz­ing anim­als. In addi­tion to explor­ing cou­gar bio­logy, beha­viour and life­style, she also presents a detailed his­tory of our rela­tion­ship with cou­gars that shows how these majest­ic anim­als have been per­sist­ently and need­lessly per­se­cuted out of pre­ju­dice and fear. Throughout the book, her accounts of cou­gar-human inter­ac­tions are often dis­quiet­ing, but she reminds us that these are exceed­ingly rare events. In the end, her mes­sage that humans must learn to co-exist with cou­gars is clear.”

~ Rob Laidlaw, exec­ut­ive dir­ect­or Zoocheck, author Saving Lives and Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers and Wild Animals in Captivity.

A clev­erly writ­ten book, tak­ing the read­er on an edu­ca­tion­al and inform­at­ive jour­ney through the life of cou­gars, both cap­tive and wild.”

~ Robyn Barfoot cur­at­or Cougar Mountain Zoo

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Paula Wild's books

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