I hope people don't get bored of seeing shots of wolves, cougars, lynx and wolverine over the next month or two ;-) From Day 13 of Searching for Cougars!
ONE MONTH LATER
On January 1, 2021, I embarked on a 31-day project attempting to find cougars to collect footage and stills for an upcoming EXPOSED Wildlife Conservancy “Protecting Big Cats” documentary. It was the most intensive period of my life in the field and this series of stories and posts is a look back at that month, one in which I went out every single day from dawn to dusk, hiking and snowshoeing hundreds of kilometers in search of photographs and video clips to document just how truly amazing these wild cats are.
My goal with the project was simple: I wanted to raise awareness and appreciation for mountain lions and the vital role they play in our ecosystems maintaining the biodiversity that we now know is critical to a healthy environment. Of all of the apex predators we live beside here in Canada, none live in our backyards coexisting with us and hidden from view quite like these magnificent predators do.
But I also wanted to shed some light on how cougars are hunted -- with gps-collared hounds, snowmobiles and big trucks – how they’re relentlessly chased down, until, exhausted, they climb into a tree, only to be shot from it as a trophy.
Wildlife conservation issues just like this is why the EXPOSED Wildlife Conservancy exists. And right now, EXPOSED is finalizing a new documentary, ‘The Return of the Hunt: Is Alberta Reopening its Controversial Grizzly Bear Hunt?’ Want to help out? Visit www.exposedwc.org and consider becoming a donor so we can continue to fight for our large carnivores.
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