Pumas are not Competing with Human Hunters for ‘Trophy’ Animals

A recent blog post by Dr. Mark Elbroch of Panthera’s Puma Program brings up an important issue. As Dr. Elbroch states, there is an old and pervasive belief that large predators compete with human hunters for antlered deer and elk. This is one of the many factors that has led to the persecution of animals like … More Pumas are not Competing with Human Hunters for ‘Trophy’ Animals

Study Raises Concerns About Leopard Portrayals in the Media

How the media talks about animals matters. Most people do not have regular encounters with creatures like leopards (Panthera pardus), and they are not trained in wildlife biology. The media can thus be a powerful tool for disseminating knowledge about endangered animals. Unfortunately, as a new study reveals, this is a double-edged sword. The article, … More Study Raises Concerns About Leopard Portrayals in the Media

Groundbreaking new Study Finds that Pumas may not be as Solitary as they Appear

A landmark study has just been released by scientists from the big cat conservation group Panthera. It describes repeat observations of relatively peaceful, social interactions between a supposedly solitary carnivore: the puma (AKA mountain lion, cougar, Florida panther, Puma concolor). The study, led by Dr. Mark Elbroch, took place in northwestern Wyoming. Elbroch and his … More Groundbreaking new Study Finds that Pumas may not be as Solitary as they Appear

“Savage Jaguars:” New Paper Explores Portrayals of Jaguars in 20th Century Nature Writing

How we talk about wildlife matters. The words we use to describe a species can provide insight on how we feel about it – which in turn can reveal clues about how our cultures view such creatures. But it is not a one-way street: our words can also change how our societies conceptualize wildlife. A … More “Savage Jaguars:” New Paper Explores Portrayals of Jaguars in 20th Century Nature Writing

New Study Released About the Human Dimensions of Jaguar and Puma Conservation

A new study has recently been completed by Monica Engel, Jerry Vaske, Alistair Bath, and Silvio Marchini. It describes research conducted in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, one of the most threatened forest ecosystems in the world, and it examined the relationship between two important factors: attitudes towards jaguars and pumas and the acceptability of killing … More New Study Released About the Human Dimensions of Jaguar and Puma Conservation

Genetic Analysis Reveals Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard

A new study has been released in the Journal of Heredity. Using samples of snow leopard scat (poop) from across the cat’s range, a team of 26 scientists performed genetic analysis to better understand the species’ population structure. They determined that there are three distinct subspecies of snow leopards (Panthera uncia). The possibility of the existence … More Genetic Analysis Reveals Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard: Ghost Cat of the Mountains

This is an important time for snow leopards (Panthera uncia). In August, representatives from all 12 snow leopard range countries will be meeting in Kyrgyzstan for the Global Snow Leopard Summit. The Snow Leopard Trust has started a petition to urge the leaders at this meeting to strengthen their commitments to save snow leopards, which … More The Snow Leopard: Ghost Cat of the Mountains

Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts

A few weeks ago, I released a post containing general information about pumas (mountain lions, cougars, Puma concolor, etc.). As I wrote, pumas are highly adaptable animals; even occupying landscapes that have been altered by humans. While they typically do not harm people or livestock, conflicts do occur (Kertson, Spencer, & Grue, 2013). Sport hunting … More Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts