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First zebra crossings now puma crossings — their future depends on them

The Olympic Cougar Project aims to address the problem of highways separating the animals’ natural habitat

Stephanie Keith

Howling hounds picked up a cougar’s scent and led researchers deep into the forest, where the steep hills were covered with cedars and ferns dusted with snow.

The dogs chased Lilu, a 37kg cougar whose collar needed a new battery, up a tree. After being plunked by a tranquilliser dart, the groggy cat climbed down and went to sleep. The team was able to swap her collar, examine Lilu, and then inject her with a drug to wake her.

It was part of a day’s work for the Olympic Cougar Project, a partnership between a coalition of Native American tribes, a renowned cougar expert and the Washington department of transportation...

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