Cougar and Human Behavior
Under state statutes a cub over one year of age is considered independent but the fact is that cougar kittens stay with mother until about 20 months. It seems that the state statutes might be a little inaccurate. Looks like another human wrong to me. The winter was coming and there would seem to have been a chance that these three kittens could have starved and perished. It would have been illegal under the state research permit for the scientists to step in and help. I guess another negative spin off from the inaccurate statute, another wrong?
Another neighboring cougar called F27 took the cubs in and let them eat her kill despite the fact that she had 2 young cubs of her own aged about 5 months. This clearly put a strain on her but she rose to the challenge, instinctively helping what may have been her mother’s offspring. It may have been a family thing and if the orphaned cubs were not related to her then it was an act of pure altruism. However you look at it, she did well. She did the right thing and we did the wrong thing, twice, three times?
Photo: this fine looking cougar is not connected to this post on cougar and human behavior. It is by one of the best wildlife photographers: ucumari