Trail of the Cougar

NATURE’s Trail of the Cougar profiles the “king cat” and its struggle for survival.

Hunted almost to extinction over the past three centuries, cougars are making a comeback today, with some 30,000 living in the wilds of North and South America. But still they face uncertain prospects, as human encroachment continues to shrink their natural habitats. Doggedly tracking these magnificent animals, once known as the “king cat,” filmmaker Ron Shade provides an incisive look at their prospects for survival in Trail of the Cougar.

Frequently referred to as mountain lions in some regions, cougars formerly roamed freely throughout the Americas, staking out the largest habitat of any New World mammal. But with their wilderness homes continuing to disappear, the normally secretive and solitary creatures often wander into human communities today, with sometimes amusing and sometimes tragic results.

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Online content for Trail of the Cougar was originally posted December 2002.

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  • ghhg

    very cool

  • David Alberts

    Could a video of this show be put on this website. I am also interested in the Artic Bear ….grizzly bears migrating north to the Arctic. One more note: I would also like to see “Puma: Lion of the Andies.”


  • Uisgea

    I grew up calling them “mountain lions” and I was taught to respect them. When you’re walking around in the desert, they’re there, but you can’t see them–they’re definitely watching you, though. Awesome cats, and I wish them the best. If they have me for lunch one day, I probably deserve it.

  • Julie

    I’d also like to see a very short clip of the movie just to see how it’s made…might be a helpful selling point.

  • Vedette

    here, we have jungle leopards, you dont see them but they see you clearly, and they stalk you most of the times.

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