Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion

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Written by Jim Williams and published by Patagonia Books, 2018. Hardcover, 288 pages.

After decades of working with local communities to conserve mountain lions and other large carnivores, wildlife biologist Jim Williams explores how wildlife thrives where conservation, community and culture overlap. During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion—also known as a puma, a cougar, “ghost cat,” and by many other names—has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory.

Jim has spent his entire life finding the wild. He left the farm country of Iowa and spent his formative years as a young surf bum turned biology student in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. He did his undergraduate work at San Diego State and Florida State Universities and his graduate studies at Montana State University in Bozeman. Jim is an award-winning, professionally certified wildlife biologist and has been working for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for over 27 years.