What WFA stands for...
Highest scientific & professional standards in research, management & conservation of wild felids;
Science-based management & conservation;
Communication & collaboration across scientific disciplines;
Increased public awareness on felid biology, ecology, conservation & education;
Professional growth of our members;
Access to resources, technologies & tools.
"The Wild Felid Research and Management Association provides a long overdue and valuable conduit for increased communication and cooperation among cat biologists in the Western Hemisphere."
Mel Sunquist, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida
News & Events
Cougars on the Cliff: one man's pioneering quest to understand the mythical mountain lion. A Memoir.
Maurice Hornocker is recognized worldwide as the first scientist to unravel the secrets of America's most enigmatic predator - the mountain lion. This book recounts the early years of Maurice Hornocker's research (1964-1973) when he tracked lions following a dog's nose and footprints in the snow - before telemetry was available. The narrative is riveting and contrasts the challenges of early field research with today's methods using modern technology.
Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion
Jim Williams new book, Path of the Puma, was published in 2018, and tells the pumas remarkable tale from experience in the Rocky Mountains of North America to their southern most haunts in Patagonia.
Yellowstone Cougar: Ecology before and during wolf restoration. 2019
A seminal study by Toni Ruth, Polly Buotte and Maurice Hornocker that examines the effects of wolf restoration on Yellowstone National Park's cougar population.
Effects of Hunting on a Puma Population in Colorado. 2021
A ten-year experimental study by Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers reveals the effects of hunting on a puma population and the implications to wildlife managers.
WFA has selected the 2023 scholarship recipient -
Congratulations to Bárbara Isabela Escobar Anleu!
You can find information on Barbara and her project in the upcoming summer 2023 issue of the Monitor.
For information on applying for the 2024 scholarship, go here >
SAVE THE DATE
Look here for a link to recordings of WFA's 2022 Fall Webinar Series
WFA hosted a webinar series about wild felid research & conservation in the
Our guest speakers were researchers from Latin America that have been supported by WFA’s Scholarships and Grants for their significant projects and initiatives to understand & conserve
Hosted by Sandra Ortiz, our former VP of Latin America, we learned about our guest speakers' projects.
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Education & Resources
Keep informed by reading our newsletter,
See our MANAGER'S CORNER to find out how agencies are managing and responding to conflicts with pumas.
Our LINKS page provides a list of organizations involved with wild felid research, management, education and conservation activities.
|Learn about the 12 wild cat species of the Western Hemisphere|