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    Founded in 2001 in Jackson, Wyoming, the Cougar Fund protects the cougar (also known as a mountain lion, puma and panther) throughout the Americas by educating children and adults on the value of cougars, by funding and promoting the use of sound science, and by monitoring state policies to assure a lasting place for this graceful creature.

    In 2010, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust provided support to the Cougar Tales education project of the Cougar Fund.  Cougar Tales addresses the disconnect between children and their natural surroundings.

    As an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, the project works to increase students’ understanding of the critical role that cougars play in the greater ecosystem specific to where they live.

    Students in grades 3 through 5 spend three to four days with a professional educator learning about cougars. While learning scientific facts, they express themselves through writing, storytelling, photography and other visual arts.  The program is expanding and there is a waiting list of schools wishing to participate.

    Persecution of cougars has driven the animals into smaller and smaller regions of the country.  By educating children about this magestic predator, more humane solutions to cougar-human conflicts may be adopted in the future.

    In order to expand the scope of HSWLT’s influence and effectiveness for the benefit of wildlife, we frequently share funds, expertise and HSWLT’s humane philosophy with other organizations.  All HSWLT shared efforts are rooted in our commitment to providing wildlife with safe places to live, forever, by assisting other organizations that share our concerns for wildlife and habitat. 


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