Noah arrived with his siblings Carlo and Langley in 2009. Sadly, there were five very young siblings whose mother had been shot by a bow hunter in Wyoming. When the hunter got too close to the cougar den where they were living, he was confronted by an adult female. He killed her in self-defense.

Moments later, the hunter heard the cubs and realized why this cougar had been so defensive. Thankfully, he did the right thing by bringing the cubs to  the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

They determined the cubs could not be rehabilitated or released.  We agreed to take in three females from this orphaned group while another facility would take in the two males.

Instead, we were surprised to learn we’d received two males and one female. Such is rescue, you have to stay flexible and deal with circumstances you can’t predict.

These three cubs were named by supporters through a special auction held during our annual Jungle Boogie gala – female Langley and males Noah and Carlo.

Life at the Sanctuary

We were able to successfully merge Langley, Noah and Carlo with two other orphaned cougar cubs, Andre (from British Columbia) and Donoma (from Montana). We affectionately call them “The 5 Wild” and they live in one of our largest habitats where they have tons of room to roam.

Noah’s certainly grown into a strong, confident cougar since the day he arrived here with his siblings.

That’s Noah in the center with his brother Carlo on the left and his sister Langley on the right. And below are pictures of them as adults.

Noah is a bright, cheerful soul who lights up Cougar Cove. He loves to chirp at passers-by, cougar and keeper alike. And he loves the enrichment caretakers put in their habitat for him to play with. They all love the snow. That’s Andre up top and brothers Carlo and Noah below:

Years later, after brother Carlo and “brother from another mother” Andre passed, Carlo still finds comfort in the companionship of Donoma and sister Langley.

We’re happy that he’s developed such a bond over the years with others.

How You Can Help

Rescuing orphaned wild cats is such an expensive commitment since it means 20+ years of care. That’s why our sponsorship program is so important. It helps provide the best life possible for those we’re able to rescue.

Thank you for considering becoming Noah’s sponsor parent, or even giving a one time donation toward his care.  There are buttons at the top of this page to make it very easy to do. And it’ll make such a difference for him – thank you!



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 tCougar Cubs - Noah, Carlo, and Langleyo 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.