Cougars and jaguars help prevent ungulates (hoofed mammals) like deer, elk, and peccaries from over-browsing succulent vegetation that provides habitat for songbirds, salamanders, and other wildlife. Over the past 200 years, people have brutally eliminated these large wild cats and other apex predators from much of their native range in North America, diminishing our natural heritage and damaging forest and plant communities as a result.
Bobcats, lynx, and ocelots also play important ecological roles as mid-sized carnivores, generally preying on smaller animals such as rabbits and rodents. Like their larger cousins, these cats face significant threats from hunters and trappers, habitat loss, and climate change.
Please join us in our work to protect, connect, and restore viable populations of North America’s wild cats.