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CCERP Podcast Episode 29 Ecologist Dr. Mark Elbroch on Cougar Ecology and More
CCERP Podcast Episode 29 Ecologist Dr. Mark Elbroch on Cougar Ecology and More

CCERP Podcast Episode 29 Ecologist Dr. Mark Elbroch on Cougar Ecology and More

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Show description: “In this episode, Dr. Mark Elbroch joins us to discuss:
-his background
-how he became interested in nature
-the professional work he has done
-what he has learned in studying Mountain Lions
-the nature of Mountain Lions (aka Cougar, Puma, Panther)
-what you can do do protect yourself from predators — in the extremely rare even you encounter one
-Kyle Burgess, ‘The Cougar Guy,’ and his Mountain Lion encounter that went viral
-myths, fictions, truths, and facts about Mountain Lions”

About Mark: “Mark Elbroch serves as the Director for Panthera’s Puma Program, for which he designs conservation research for mountain lions in North and South America. He has contributed to mountain lion research and conservation in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Mexico, Chile, and now in Washington and Argentina. His research is contributing radical changes to what we thought we knew about mountain lions, especially with regards to their social lives and their keystone roles in ecosystems. His work has been covered by the BBC, NatGeo Wild, New York Times, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, among others. He received a 2011 Robert and Patricia Switzer Fellowship for his past and potential environmental leadership, and was the recipient of the prestigious Craighead Conservation Award in 2016, an award honoring individuals whose work has achieved ‘lasting conservation outcomes.’

“Mark was awarded a Senior Tracker Certificate by CyberTracker Conservation in Kruger National Park, South Africa in 2005, after successfully following lions across varied terrain. He was the 17th person to receive one and the first non-African. He is the Initial Evaluator for CyberTracker Tracker Evaluations in North America (http://trackercertification.com/), where they have been used to test observer reliability in wildlife research and as an educational tool by nonprofit organizations. Mark received an honorary Master Tracker Certificate in 2015 for significant contributions to the conservation of tracking knowledge and the trackers themselves. He has authored/coauthored 11 books on natural history, including The Cougar Conundrum: Sharing the world with a successful predator. More can be found at

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