Owning a Pet Cougar

Updated on February 18, 2016

Big Cats as Pets? A Cat Lover's Dream Come True!

Yes! Cougars can be kept as pets in the United States, but there are certain legalities that must first be considered.

I have always been fascinated by cougars. As I got older and discovered that they can be legally kept as pets, I became increasingly attracted to the proposition.

Since my husband doesn't hate the idea, we are in the preparation stages for making this happen. It will very likely be some time ten or fifteen years from now, and it begins with a process of research, research, research, which I share with you here.

So... What do You Think about Pet Cougars?

Would you ever consider owning a cougar for a pet?

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A Cougar Is a Wild Animal! Can It Be Domesticated?

No, not exactly. For those who have exotic pets, the purpose of having the animal is not to try to domesticate it, the breed, or the species. It isn't even necessarily to tame the animal (and not all exotics can be tamed). For those who love exotic pets, it is about a strong desire to make contact with the wild that causes the desire to own animals that others don't consider as pets.

Cougars are wild animals, just as the snakes that people keep as pets are wild animals and my sugar gliders are wild animals. Many pets that people keep originated in the wild. After generations, perhaps they could be tamed or even domesticated. It is commonly believed that the further the animal is from a wild parent, the more "domestic" it is. However, one thing that anyone considering such a dramatic purchase needs to consider is that a wild animal will always be wild. They are dangerous. Precautions must be taken, and the owner must ensure that they are able to care for a wild animal for the duration of a very long lifetime.

Legal Issues Pertaining to Big Cat Ownership

Yes, it is legal to own big cats in many states. Big cats include cougars as well as African lions, various tigers, and other smaller wild cats. If you are interested in owning an exotic pet of any kind, I strongly advise researching the legality of ownership in your city and state as a first step. It would be heartbreaking to go through all of the work in deciding how to care for your pet cougar and building the enclosure to find out that you cannot own the cat in the area in which you live.

Research Is Imperative!

If you are going to own a cougar (or any type of large cat or exotic animal, for that matter), a lot of research is required. You cannot slack off on your research! There is a lot of information that you will need to have before you decide to purchase your cougar.

  • Is it legal where you live?
  • What kind of licensing will you need to have?
  • If the laws change, will you be grandfathered in?
  • Do you have enough room for a full outdoor enclosure?
  • What are the cat's dietary needs?
  • Do you have enough information on raw nutrition?
  • Is there a good exotic animal vet in your vicinity?

Read, read, read. Go online and contact government agencies to ask questions.

Note: You'll need to contact the nearest exotic animal vet and ask them if they work with cougars. I'm lucky that there is one in town. My first exotic cat will likely be an African serval and I have been able to confirm that they take them.


Isn't it Dangerous to Own a Cougar?

Well... yes! Big cat ownership is dangerous. There is no question that a person takes a risk when they decide to allow an exotic animal into their home. When I owned snakes, I was often asked, "Don't they bite?" And my answer was always, "If it has a mouth, it can, and probably will, bite."

The key to taking on a large exotic animal is to know what the risks are and to take precautions. For example, it would be foolish to enter a lion or tiger enclosure alone. Another person is your guard against attack and you need someone else to help defend if an attack does occur.

When someone chooses to take on an exotic animal, such as a pet cougar, they are accepting that there are risks. How much you understand your animal will certainly help avoid running into problems down the road. Species and breeder research are absolutely imperative in successful ownership of an exotic animal.

Do Cougars Purr?

You bet they do! It was once believed that cougars (also known as mountain lions or just lions, pumas, panthers, painters, and catamounts) were the largest cat to purr, but I've heard some talk recently that scientists are discovering that other big cats also purr, but at a different pitch or volume. Cougars certainly have a very loud purr!

One of the things that I love most about cats is that rumbling sound that they make in their chest. I find it soothing and comforting. As someone who has suffered from depression, cats have been a real lifeline for me, and a cougar purrs like it has a V6 engine in its belly. Just listen!

A Cougar Is Just a Really Big Cat

Most wild cats behave very much like our domestic cats. They play and they interact with one another, with their humans, and with other pets. They hunt, they sleep, and even purr.

I do understand the concerns from my friends and family who believe that it is cruel to separate these wild animals from their own social networks. I agree with many of their objections. But I also believe that it is perfectly human to want to connect with these wonderful animals, and that they can be kept humanely.

After watching the video above, please keep in mind that this level of trust is unusual. Most owners won't get to this point with their cat and that needs to be understood and accepted. While every owner would love to reach this point with their pet, it takes a lot of dedication and very good breeding of the animal, and even then, there are no guarantees. This is still a cougar!

What About Declawing a Cougar?

Declawing may be cruel.
Declawing may be cruel.

There are a lot of thoughts on whether or not it is acceptable to declaw cats. The procedure involves the surgical removal of the first digit of the individual toe on the cat's paw. Declawing is not the removal of the nail, the way that human fingernails might be clipped. It is the removal of the entire phalanges. It would be the same as removing the first digit of every single one of your fingers and toes. It is is an amputation, and it is a very big deal that is often made light of. Equating it to the removal of the fingernails isn't enough. Think of it as the removal of your fingers or moreover, your toes. It affects a cat's balance, their overall health and their well being.

The issue is compounded when we're talking about big cats. Cougars, African lions, Bengal tigers, and others are dangerous to begin with, but a cat with claws may not be aware of themselves or their strength, and this can be a huge issue.

I do not support the procedure for regular cats. If you do not want your cat to have claws, you do not want a cat. Get something that doesn't have feet. Maybe a nice snake. I have not made up my mind whether or not we will declaw our cougar. Not everyone does, and it will depend on laws and what my research says. This is an ongoing process for me, and I will eventually have to make a decision. If it comes down to it, I might make the decision not to get the cat if it means that I must declaw it.

What do you think?

Do you think that declawing is cruel?

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My Story

I am a dog person but a cat lover. I've always been fascinated by cats, from the time that I was almost too small to remember. When I was five, I got my first cat. My parents took me to the shelter to pick him out and he was... wonderful. We named him Buffy because he was a long-haired buff-colored cat. He was never particularly affectionate, but I loved him like crazy, and it still breaks my heart to think that he's gone.

Most people consider me a cat person, probably because I've had an ongoing love affair with cats in general. My favorite wild animals (after giraffes) are all cats. Bengal tigers, African lions, and panthers all fascinate me. I've written "furry" fiction and some of my favorite characters are cats. I remember watching Born Free over and over again when I was a child, wondering what it must be like to have a pet lioness that lived in the house with the humans, just like a house cat.

I've never been average when it comes to pets. I'm obsessed with the exotics. I've owned several snakes (varying from very small to very large Burmese pythons), rats, mice, and sugar gliders as well as various lizards. I've owned cockatiels and budgies as well, though I'm not sure you could classify those as exotic birds. I would love to have an African grey parrot though!

Whether you agree or disagree with the ownership of exotic animals, please be civil in your responses here. I've received a lot of criticism for my standpoint on the ownership and captive breeding of wild animals, and in particular, cats. Criticism has been both public and private and is often hurtful. You are free to express your opinion, but please do it politely, and if you cannot be polite, at least be civil.

I am interested in your opinions, but more than anything I'd like to know that you were here. If you have any additional resources that I might want to look at or feature, please let me know. I'm always looking for more information and the resources that I've included on this page are my favorites.

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      Harriet1234 2 weeks ago

      I would always discourage wild animals as pets. They need a space where they can do things they want to when they feel like it. Not be bullied and tamed into submission. There are exceptions but sanctuaries are filled with animals that didn't work out as pets

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      vincent 5 weeks ago

      I am part of the same path you are on. I have been studying the cougars as a exotic that is manageable as a companion animal. There are many cases that if done right it can be a rewarding and amazing experience . I dont believe in the tale anymore that cougars are the best exotic feline because they are tamable over other cats. I have a friend that has a African lion that i would trust anyone with. and in the same another friend has a bobcat that would rip anyone's face off. its all dependable on the cat . every animal has its own personality. I wish you the best on this and hope to see you tube videos in the future to see your cat.

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      Deborah 2 months ago

      I would love to have a puma/cougar as a pet. Having always had wild/exotic pets growing up (skunks, raccoons, wild hogs), and I currently have a bobcat residing with me that I raised from a bottle, I see no harm as long as you are prepared for the trials and challenges that go with it. Keep in mind it is a commitment that you need to be prepared to take on for the long term as these animals can’t just be dropped off at the local shelter or back into the wild.

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      Ronnie 4 months ago

      Not gunna lie, I don’t think regular house cats are truly domesticated. Cats have a whole other awareness to them, it’s very much a mutualist relationship instead of a dependent one where as dogs are literally dependent on humans for survival. With that being said, as long as there is respect with the animal, and it’s needs are all met then it should be fine. I know that one day I am going to care(I will not say own you cannot own a living creature) for, however when I do get my large cat, I want to adopt it from a facility that has many cats. Please look into this, so many people get these large animals without realizing the amount of care they need or how large they get and end up giving them to places where if they can’t find a zoo for it, the animal is sold for its pelt. Please look at cougars that are already out there and desperately need a home. There are only three options for exotics that have been raised by humans; they go to a zoo, they get adopted, or they are sold for their pelt.

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      David Beers 4 months ago

      My son keeps asked by for weird things. He would often ask, "Dad, can I buy a python" after watching jungle book. Or later "Dad, will you buy me a tarantula?"

      Today he asked me "dad, will you buy me a cougar for my 13th birthday?"

      He has always asked for odd gifts

      That led me to this webpage. I don't think I 13-year-old can take care of a cat that outweighs him by 100 lbs.

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      Will. 4 months ago

      To be short: Cougars are dangerous wild felines and outlawed in many states for a reason. They will never be domesticated (or at least, barring something akin to the grey fox studies) and can kill you, your pets, your neighbors, and your neighbors pets. However, if you are reasonably sure you are prepared and have done your research like the author, I would consider a kept cougar to be as or less dangerous than a wolfdog. Ethically, cougars are solitary hunters, so removing one from its social group will be stressful, but not devastating as it is for social animals. Take extreme care to train it, or better yet, contact an expert and keep them on quickdial. Be fully aware that, even if a tresured member if your family, you are not safe with the animal, and treat it with the measured respect its killing power demands -- akin to keeping your eye on the ocean when you're in an area with high waves and riptides. I hope your journey with your cougar, if you do adopt one, is enriching, author, and recommend you look into the local wildlife rangers -- some cubs may lose their mothers or become injured, and would be in a better position for adoption than others.

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      Maggy 5 months ago

      The thing is- cats believe you are there for them. They will never care about you, never mind a cougar that is built to eat you. The point of a pet is that you and the pet are enriched by each other's company. Cats tend to make everything onesided. When I was young I wanted a tiger just like I wanted the bad boy on the motorcycle. But hopefully you discover neither is good for you before you get the consequences.

      I currently have a cougar of my very own HUNTING me on a daily basis. I simply cannot go outside after dark at all. And its there, every night, just waiting for me, 30 feet from my front door. I'm a hostage. I have seen it chase deer. I have seen it watching me. I have heard it in the brush slowly maneuvering for the pounce, I watched it watching people on the road, following them. A couple nights ago it knocked on my front door at 4am. I'm not kidding!

      My worst fear is the cougar gets inside the house and you are ready to hold the door open for one.

      I went to a petting zoo and held a baby cougar once. I came back when the cougar was full grown. It made sounds like it recognized me. So I did the unthinkable, I leaned way over the rail, and put my hand between the top of the chainlink and the barbed wire. The cat licked my hand, telling me just how happy it was to see me.

      At another address I had another wild one living under my house. It picked off my pets one by one and I'd see the carcasses lining the riverbed. Occassionally I was immediately made aware of its presence by it standing up under the floor, lifting me an inch or so. but I never saw it.

      I have had good and I have had bad, but experience has taught me that cats do not care about me, big cats want to eat me and if I am wanting something bad for me, it says more about me than it does the cat.

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      angus 5 months ago

      You say you agree with many of the concerns for the animal and then weight your desire as more important. Really loving something would mean doing what's best for it.

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      Riggs 7 months ago

      Anyone can keep an animal but not everyone should, exotic or otherwise. Like it or not with the world as it is we're going to face the choice of integrating exotic animals into every day society or lose them entirely one day. Regardless if it means domestication programs or new regulations supporting animal care, I am more supportive of private ownership than I am zoos at this point because THAT is shitty way to live. It's not hard to fuck up caring for a dog but many people do abuse them too. To quote the OP "The key to taking on a large exotic animal is to know what the risks are and to take precautions." this is animal husbandry 101 and applies to any animal including cats and dogs. It's it's not about looking at the people who shouldn't keep animals in the first place, it's about spreading awareness about the people who actually know what they're doing. Maybe people who actually give a shit can support these animals if changes are made.

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      chuck 9 months ago

      Owning a pet cougar seems fine to me. Many pet cougars I've seen in videos look happy and loved. I see nothing cruel in providing a life like that for them.

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      Jessica 9 months ago

      I absolutely think it's the most wanton selfish idea for you to own a puma because you'd like too! Flat out rude, self possessed and just disgusting! If you love something, you need to OWN it? You're buying a slave? Stop it. If you truly love this species, then give it the respect and love it deserves.

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      Robert Dawson 11 months ago

      This magnificent creature is a ferocious predator. Nature intended it to be in the wild. These people who have mountain lions as pets are wonderful with a heart of gold, but there is the possibility of it ripping out your throat. " Big cats " should not be allowed as pets in any state, pure and simple.

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      Annetta 14 months ago

      I'm writing a story about a young girl who befriends a giant mountain lion. I'm so jealous of her. It would be fun to interact with a mountain lion, but I realize that I could never own one because I just don't have the resources and time to invest in it.

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      Cory 15 months ago

      This is a good read, I know how this is first hand, my aunt has had several big cats and me fascinated by them have spent a lot of time out there growing up to watch them and see how they act. They currently have a female couger and it is an amazing animal. I have seen when them feed her and I have seen them play with her. She didn't sleep inside the house with them but she did have a barn with a gate that she could go in and out when she wanted to. I have not been inside with her and not sure if I would, for the reason is that I wasn't around when they got her and I wasn't around when she was growing up. I didn't start going out there into she was around 2 years of age. I can around ways put you in touch with her and she could answer about anything that you would ever want to know about big cats.

      Moving on, I feel that it is okay to own a wild animals for several reasons. Based on the history of humans and animals interactions, all animals that humans have domesticated have been wild at some time. The dog wasn't born like it is now and we didn't just wake up one day and we have dogs that helped us. We have had to change them over time to live with us. Everyone would say that a wolf is a wild animals, okay I can see that. But where did a dog come from? Let me help you, it came from the wolf and over years of selected breeding we have changed the wolf to the dogs that we know now. It's the same has house cats, at some point a wild cat was brought in as a pet and was domesticated to be a pet.

      So in turn every single animal was taken from the wild and turned into the Pets we know now. Now does this apply to big cats, in time maybe we could do it to them as well, as of right now they are wild and we are taking them as pets. Time will only tell.

      I think that having an animal like this and taking care of it is fine, as long as the pet is treated with respect and understanding. I don't believe that you should take the claws out of this animal, unless you are going to make sure that it will never need to use them. Wild animals are wild and we as humans have always taken them in and changed them to fit us. Should we do that is another question all together. But with big cats dying all the time, this might be the only way to keep them from going extinct. I love animals and we need to protect them and stop the endless killing for them. Nature is so amazing and we should protect it. If that means taken them in as pets then so be it.

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      miaous 16 months ago

      U should never touch a cats claws!! if u dont like scratches then get a dog. cats claws in ur skin is a sign of love and affection. if u dont understand that then dont get one. whoever think of doing that should be send to Guantanamo Bay.

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      YouCrazy 19 months ago

      You're a lunatic.

      A dead cat in the wild is better than it rotting in your living room its entire life. Where it can maul you.

      What insane hole do you have in your soul that you feel the need to fill with a wild animal, that has no place in your home?

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      Datrebor 19 months ago

      What do you feed your Cougar?

      It's a beautiful cat but I am not one that would take one in. I don't think I have what is needed to care for one properly. Although I did have a 5" boa constrictor and a pair of rats. Not at the same time.

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      parakeetlover 22 months ago

      I agree with you, mostly. I do think that big cats are cool and can be kept as pets, but if I were to get a big cat I would have it declawed if not for the simple fact that there would be less of a chance of it hunting me. But I do see your point.

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      AFutureCougarOwner 24 months ago

      81% of people said they would consider adopting a Cougar.

      0.5% actually will. That 0.5% is me...

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      oliver 24 months ago

      I believe most people "own" an exotic animal for the wrong reasons.

      If you are prepared to respect it and really accept it as a part of your family then you would never consider de clawing (or amputating). They are dangerous anyway with a jaw like that.

      I love the head rub gesture from cats. You probably know that is their way of accepting YOU as family and they would never have you amputated.

      Also (not meaning to be so picky) but I would consider changing the word "Own". You never really "own" any creature just as no other creature "owns" you. You are your own person right? so are they. They are emotionally intelligent and extremely sensitive (almost magically) in ways that we do not even know exist. 

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      Shannon Perry 3 years ago from Asheville, North Carolina

      Very nicely done! I'm researching exotic pet ownership as well (for me, it's either a bobcat or lynx) and that's how I came here. A lot of people have a hard time with exotic pet ownership because they say that "wild animals should be wild" but the fact is that that's not working out that well for some of them (tigers and poaching, for instance).

      If I might make a suggestion: If moving is a possibility for you, I'd suggest Florida. For the time being at least (animal rights activists are getting into politics, so I can't speak for the future), their laws are great about permitting ownership and ensuring that owners know enough about their breed and can care for them. I know some states out west are exotic friendly too (Wyoming I believe, and Nevada to name a few), though I'm not as familiar with their laws as I am with Florida.

      As far as declawing goes....I used to be stoutly against it. Period. And, I still am with domestics because I just don't think it can be justified. A friend of mine who keeps exotics raised an important point that made me reconsider it for bigger cats, though.

      I still don't like it, but we both know what happens if some moron fails to obey your warnings and comes in like they are the cat whisperer...ultimately it won't end well for the cat because their life would be put in jeopardy for defending themselves against said moron. If they are declawed...maybe it won't end up that way. It still turns my stomach a bit, but I understand.

      Anyway! Very well written and good luck! I hope eventually you have a four-legged, furry, forty pound feline family member!

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      tracey 3 years ago

      I had a cougar for fifteen years it was raised with my four children i have had all kinds of exotic pets snakes aligators bobcats skunks my cougar was by far the best pet i ever had it would sleep with my kids every night they would fight over who's turn it was to sleep with him he had his claws and free range of the house the kids would take him out in the yard and play with him i trusted him with are lives and he never maid me regret it he was raised with three bulldogs i think he thought he was a bull dog we loved and miss him

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      RaeAnn (Oregon) 3 years ago

      My passion is find a cougar cub and raise it, I understand the risks, costs and responsibilities of owning a large cat..I'm continuing to read and research the subject.....my family and friends think I'm crazy ...

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      Dan 3 years ago

      I was very confused when you keep saying that the first digit is removed during de-clawing , that would be equivalent to removal of the thumb. I believe the words you are looking for is distal phalanx of each digit.

      That said I fully support ownership of big cats by those who have the means to provide an appropriate environment. Good luck

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      FYI Cougars may be similar weight to a human but they have many X the strength. Its an animal that can leap to a ledge 18ft in the air and can leap forward up to 38 ft.Imagine how strong you would have to be to do it? They kill man size animals with a bite to the back of the neck separating the neck vertebra and penetrating the spinal column.Wild felines can fiercely poss. of inanimate objects. Accidentally stepping on a big cats tail or foot can earn retaliation vs domestic animals wimper or run away. People are making a mistake declawing any big cat as it results in lifelong pain, more aggression and more use of the jaws.It gives the owner a more irritable cat. If you like aggressive big cats declaw them. Just bc. its not the same as a leopard or tiger does not mean it can't kill you.They can kill animals bigger and tougher than any man. Go on u tube and enter mountain "lion kills" you can watch vids. of cougar killing 160 class mule deer (approx 300lb) and a part grown moose. A person needs a continual supply of meat and vitamin supplements to keep a cougar healthy. Wild felines need but rarely get the special care they need from private owners. They live long lives 16 to in some cases 30 years in captivity under proper care. Cougars bred in captivity cannot go back to the wild. If the honeymoon is over and it does not work out usually something tragic happens to the animal.They do spray, can't be litter trained and cannot be in a home unsupervised as they will knock over your stuff. You won't likely find any breeders advert. that are not fake western union scams as nobody wants the liability of being a breeder of these for private owners. People who have big cats have to probe the cats mood before entering their enclosure. It does no good to ask "Can I come in." Kevin Richardson learned the hard way when he was almost killed upon entering an enclosure. He now calls his Lions over to him and feels their mood if they are having a good day. I know I've had house cats that would have put me in the ER or a pine box if they were bigger just bc I was petting them on a day they didn't want to be messed with.

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      Carpenter76 5 years ago

      I really think wild animals should be in the wild. But when they are taken from people that can't handle them and they can't be put in the wild it's okay. It depends on the situation. In the videos I see a cougar that really adores his owner. Lovely!

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      Everyday-Miracles 5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Some species are disappearing in the wild that would otherwise be bred in captivity, thereby decreasing their chances of becoming extinct in the wild. This is something that has happened with small wildcat species in the past, and the results are generally tragic.

      Territories are being eaten alive by various factors, and conservation requires that we allow room for private efforts to maintain these species.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I think exotic pets are best left in the wild but then of course one also has to consider that with their territory being increasingly taken up some animals may be better off in an appropriate home setting.

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      Everyday-Miracles 5 years ago

      @vineliner57: I don't think that they're legal here in Indiana, though I haven't looked into the local laws. They *were* in Ohio, but I believe that a law was recently passed outlawing the private ownership of cougars. These laws are encroaching, and it's sad, since private owners do quite a bit in terms of conservation efforts.

      I haven't heard of any cougars here in Central Indiana, but of course I'm right in the heart of Indianapolis!

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      We have a lot of cougars here in Southern Indiana. As a matter of fact, the mascots of the 2 local High Schools are the Panthers and the Cougars!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely videos. Lovely site! After learning that cougars are similar to "small" cats and not to lions or the true panthers I have been browsing the net on info about them. Carry on people and cats :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your lens. I have raised cougars for over 20 years. These are cougars that came from breaders who could no longer continue raising them. Cougars are like people they have different personalities and moods. They can be loving and some in the next moment revert to their wild instincts. You need to read them indepentently react accordingly. Cougher are and have always been the love of my life.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I can´t say that keeping a cougar as a pet would contribute to maintaining their species (unless it's a Puma concolor coryi or Puma concolor cougar) as it is very well the case with many other exotic pets like tigers. But you can´t compare a captive cougar to a wild cougar either, or any animal for that matter - it´s a fact that if you didn´t have this cat as a pet, it wouldn´t be a wild animal, but rather never have been born.

      And as long as the cat is healthy and entertained aka happy with it´s environement, i don´t see a problem with exotics for my part. Of course it is a matter of discussion where "happy" begins.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have to say I am one of those people who thinks that this type of animal should not be kept as a pet. They need to be free and roam in the wild as nature intended. I guess I might be persuaded if your backyard was as big as the natural roaming range of a cougar :)

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      @Coreena Jolene: I just commented on your profile page about this. I've got an upcoming lens that will say a lot on this issue.

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      Did you see the link of saveoursavannahs on my Bengal Cat and Savannah Cat lens you visited? They are trying to pass a really strict law in Ohio to ban all exotics and hybrids. I don't know where you live, but I hope you can live somewhere to fulfill your dream.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As a cat lover, I have always been fascinated by the idea of owning a large cat. I have had some domestic cats that could play a bit rough and imagining that on a larger scale usually put an end to any flirtation with owing a big cat. That said, I would love to visit with someone else's big cat just to have the experience of seeing such a majestic creature up close.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have you decided on getting one or not getting one yet? It would be cool if you could tell us some updates ;)

      I myself am planning on keeping a cougar (Europe) by the end of this year, maybe we can exchange expreiences/progress. Wish you all the best!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the great resources and personal views, I've been looking for information everywhere!

      You'll be a great cougar owner. :)

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      gogolf162 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. I did not know so much about cougars before.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Blessed by a squid angel. i don't think all wild animals belong to the wild and feel sad for those who have been domesticated. A wild animal remains a wild animal, not a pet.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      so which petsmart or petcetera can i pick one up at?

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Quite an interesting lens - good work.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      I understand we (humans) still have a need to relate with nature and having a pet is surely one option. I really don't think an exotic pet (especially this size) is good idea, but every story has at least two sides. So... I am waiting for sequels! How your pet adapted to your home? How your neighbours adapted to your pet? Anything funny happened? I bet it has! Thanks for sharing!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Growing up in the deep country backwoods I of course wish that all animals could be free to roam and run as they should. Unfortunately in today's world and with the endangerment of species that is of course not always possible. Very interesting read as are all your articles.

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Susie! We're in no rush to make this happen, and depending on circumstances, it still might not. If I had the opportunity to help an ocelot, I think that would come first. Their plight in the wild is quite dire, and it's unlikely that we could do much with Florida Panthers (which I believe are the only endangered subspecies of Panther in the US).

      Captive breeding does a lot to help ensure the survival of endangered species, and a lot of opponents don't consider the consequences of ceasing the captive breeding programs.

      I really want to do my experience somewhere that has lions. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Those are quite the videos and definitely show affection and respect in relationship, something that just be argued. It sounds to me like, if anyone your have a big cat, it would be you and your husband. I would say that it is a commitment that your aren't taking lightly in any manner and I wish you well in fulfilling your hearts desires. There are some among us that just have a love beyond understanding for other species.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Joy Adamson, Elsa and Pipa were my favorite as a child! Angel blessed.

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      LeoRizzuti 6 years ago

      "If you do not want your cat to have claws, you do not want a cat. Get something that doesn't have feet. Maybe a nice snake." That was actually pretty funny (although my idea of "pretty funny" has been questioned at times). Would have been funnier if you had said "Get something that doesn't have feet. Maybe a nice fish. Or perhaps something pet-rock-ish." Just an idea brought on by sleep deprivation.

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      Vladimir 6 years ago from Australia

      Cougars are wild animals, not pets for people

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A pretty cool idea. Best wishes for you.