Cubs Growing Up:
The cougar cubs are now young adults. They live with several other cougars in a large free roaming habitat in Cougar Cove. All are free-born cougars who were orphaned in the wild. We are saddened that these cougars could not experience living free as nature intended, but we are happy we can provide them a place to be wild at heart.
Noah is a bright, cheerful soul who lights up Cougar Cove. He loves to chirp at passers-by, cougar and keeper alike. Noah is always offering his roommates a friendly rub or headbutt – even after he’s been turned down with a brusque swat! We are thrilled to be able to offer Noah the same kindness he shares with his Cougar Cove family.
10/14/2009: The three cubs that came to TWS from the Wyoming Fish & Game are doing wonderfully and growing quickly. Contrary to plans, TWS received two males and a female rather than three females. Each has his and her own distinct personality and have already made their way into our hearts.
Jungle Boogie guests had the opportunity to bid on naming the new cougar cubs. The winners were (from left to right):
- Noah – male cub named by Rachelle Wood
- Carlo – male cub named by Eileen & Carl Adamec
- Langley – female cub named by Stephen & Mary Mahley
10/7/2009: Five cougar cubs were orphaned in Cokeville, WY. A bow hunter unknowingly climbed too close to the cougars’ den and was confronted by the adult female. The hunter shot and killed her in self-defense. Moments later the hunter heard the cubs and realized why the cougar had been so defensive. He brought the cubs to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department where it was determined the cubs could not be rehabilitated or released.
Terry J. Kreeger, DVM, PhD Supervisor, Veterinary Services Branch asked the Wildlife Science Center (WSC) in Forest Lake and the Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) in Sandstone to provide permanent homes for the cubs. WSC agreed to take 2 males and TWS agreed to take 3 females.
“We are delighted to help out whenever we can, and it benefits both organizations to work together on a case like this. The cougar cubs will add tremendous value to our predator studies and education programs.” Callahan said.
This is not the first rescue the organizations have worked together on, says Tammy Thies, Director of The Wildcat Sanctuary. “Both organizations have a strong-rooted belief in wildlife conservation and educating the public on why wild animals do not make good pets. We prefer to see these animals in their wild habitat, but if that can’t happen, we are happy we can provide them a natural setting at the Sanctuary.” Thies says.
You can help provide daily care for Noah by sponsoring him today. Your support is greatly appreciated.