Behind the Cougar Network.

Our Mission.


The Cougar Network is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to studying cougar-habitat relationships and the role of cougars in ecosystems. Although we conduct work throughout the entire range of the cougar, we are especially interested in the phenomenon of expanding cougar populations into their former habitats.

Our mission is being implemented according to the following objectives:

  • Conducting active research on cougars.
  • Maintaining a reliable repository of information regarding cougar distribution and potential range expansion.
  • Promoting working relationships with universities, conservation agencies, independent researchers, and the general public regarding cougar issues.


The Cougar Network was founded in 2002. Since then, we have compiled over 700 confirmations of cougars outside established range in the North American west and actively seek input from our network, state and federal agencies and the public.

Board of Directors.

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Executive Director

Dr. Michelle LaRue


Dr. Clay Nielsen

Ken Miller

Harley Shaw

Dr. Chuck Anderson

Bob Wilson

Mark Dowling

Key Contributors.


Corporate Partners.

Natural Exposures, Inc.

Natural Exposures, Daniel J. Cox

Bozeman, MT

Natural Exposures was created to provide a reliable and professional distribution outlet for the natural history and travel photography of Daniel J. Cox. Natural Exposures hopes to educate the public, create enthusiasm for and promote conservation of our natural world. The Cougar Network is privileged to feature Dan’s stunning wildlife photography on our website and social media pages.

Ropes & Gray, LLP

Ropes & Gray

Boston, MA

Built on a foundation of more than 135 years of dedication to building strong client relationships, the law firm of Ropes & Gray represents interests across a broad spectrum of industries in corporate law and litigation matters. They offer counsel on labor and employment issues, tax and benefits, creditors' rights, and private client services. The Cougar Network is proud to be working with such a prestigious law firm.

Regional Agency Contacts.

Prairie States

Upper Midwest

Central Midwest