A Cougar's Gaze

Siobhan Darlington

Award winner

I photographed this 1.5-year-old female cougar (Puma concolor) during field work for my PhD project on cougar ecology. I am fitting GPS collars on adult cougars across southern British Columbia to learn about their elusive lives. I study where they go, what they eat, and whether human modifications to their habitat (e.g. roads, forest clearcutting) are impacting their behaviour and survival to inform conservation and management of the species.