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.
Production Credits Print
Natural History Cinematography
AMY M. HINMAN
AMY M. HINMAN
Maps and Animation
Sound Design & Mix
Director of Post Production Operations
Post Production Coordinator
Post Production Manager
AVERI LIVINGSTON GRAY
BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
The Empress Hotel
Hornocker Wildlife Institute
Yellowstone National Park
James Billie, Chairman, Seminole Tribe Of Florida
Native Village, Hollywood, Fl
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Ken Evans Ford Mercury Sales Ltd.
The Westgard Family
Hungry Horse Films Inc
Chek Television Ltd
The Family of Chance Beebe
For National Geographic Television
J. NICOLL DURRIE
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive in Charge
A Co-Production of Thirteen/WNET New York and National Geographic Television in association with Trebitsch Produktion International, GMBH
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About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
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