Sunrise over farm in Texas Hill Country.
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Always a work in progress, this page is a collection of publications, articles, photos, reports, regulations, comment letters and legislation we have complied through the years.

Current efforts include making each publication an active link, either to the publication itself, or, for materials under strict copyright protection, to an abstract and an opportunity to purchase the material.

If you have publications to recommend to the library, or have comments or corrections, please use the link above and complete the online form.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Texas.

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  • The history of cougars in Texas.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Texas.

  • Cougar science and research in Texas.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Texas Cougar Files Sorted by Type

Scientific Research

  • Adams, R. Bill; Harveson, Louis A.; Robertson, Paul; Tewes, Michael E. & Hillje, James D., 2000, Reproduction and Dispersal of Mountain Lions in Southern Texas
  • Adams, R. Bill; Pitman, James C. & Harveson, Louis A., 2006, Texas tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri) consumed by a mountain lion (Puma concolor) in southern Texas
  • Atkinson, Don Eugene, 1976, Population Dynamics and Predator-Prey Relationships of the Carmen Mountains White-Tailed Deer
  • Cross, Joshua G., 2016, Survival and Habitat utilization of Desert Bughorn Sheep Translocated to the Santiago Mountains, Texas
  • Cutler, Tim J., 2002, Bilateral eyelid agenesis repair in a captive Texas cougar
  • Dalquest, Walter W., 1968, Mammals of North-Central Texas
  • Davis, W. B. & Robertson, J. L., 1944, The Mammals of Culberson County
  • Davis, William B. & Taylor, Walter P., 1939, The Bighorn Sheep of Texas
  • Debaca, Robert S., 2008, Distribution of Mamals in the Davis Mountains, Texas and Surrounding Areas
  • Dennison, Catherine C., 2013, Use of Camera Traps To Determine Mountain Lion Density and
  • Dennison, Catherine C.; Harveson, Patricia Moody & Harveson, Louis A., 2016, Assessing habitat relationships of mountain lions and their prey in the Davis Mountains, Texas
  • Gilad, Oranit, 2006, Behavioral ecology and conservation of large mammals: historical distribution, reintroduction and the effects of fragmented habitat
  • Gilad, Oranit; Janecka, Jan E.; Armstrong, Fred; Tewes, Michael & Honeycutt, Rodney L., 2011, Cougars in Guadelupe Mountains National Park, Texas: Estimates of Occurence and Distribution Using Analysis of DNA
  • Harveson, Louis A.; Kleberg, Ceasar; Texas, A. & Box, Campus, 1995, Mountain Lion ResearchIn Texas: Past, Present, and Future
  • Harveson, Louis A.; Route, Bill; Armstrong, Fred; Silvy, Nova J. & Tewes, Michael E., 1999, Trends in Populations of Mountain Lion in Carlsbad Caverns and Guadelupe Mountains National Parks
  • Harveson, Louis A.; Tewes, Michael E.; Silvy, Nova J.; Rutledge, Jimmy & Naturalist, Southwestern, 2016, Prey Use by Mountain Lions in Southern Texas
  • Harveson, P. M.; Harveson, L. A.; Hernandez-Santin, L.; Tewes, M. E.; Silvy, N. J. & Pittman, M. T., 2012, Characteristics of two mountain lion Puma concolor populations in Texas, USA
  • Hernandez-santin, Author Lorna; Harveson, Patricia M. & Harveson, Louis A., 2012, Suitable Habitats for Cougars (Puma concolor) in Texas and Northern Mexico
  • Hock, Raymond J., 1955, Southwestern Exotic Felids
  • Holbrook, J. D.; Deyoung, R. W.; Janecka, J. E.; Tewes, M. E.; Honeycutt, R. L. & Young, J. H., 2012, Genetic diversity, population structure, and movements of mountain lions (Puma concolor) in Texas
  • Holbrook, Joseph D.; Deyoung, Randy W.; Tewes, Michael E. & Young, John H., 2012, Demographic history of an elusive carnivore: Using museums to inform management
  • Holbrook, Joseph Dale, 2011, Exploring Mountain Lion Ecology in Texas Using Genetic Techniques
  • Kikuchi, Yoko; Chomel, Bruno B.; Kasten, Rickie W.; Martenson, Janice S.; Swift, Pamela K. & Brien, Stephen J. O., 2004, Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in American free-ranging or captive pumas ( Felis concolor ) and bobcats ( Lynx rufus )
  • Krausman, Paul R. & Bruce D Leopold, 1986, Diets of 3 Predators in Big Bend National Park , Texas
  • Kuhn, Steve; Dalquest, Walter & Frederick B Stangl, 1993, Mammals from the beach mountains of Culberson County , Trans ­ Pecos Texas
  • Leopold, Bruce David, 2016, Ecology of the Desert Mule Deer in Big Bed National Park, Texas (Predation, Habitat, Diet.)
  • List, Rurik, 2007, A Barrier to our Shared Enviornment: The Border Fence Between the United States and Mexico
  • Louis Allen Harveson, 1997, Ecology of a Mountain Lion Population in Southern Texas
  • Michael E. Tewes, 2000, Historical Biogeography of Wild Cats and their enviornment in Texas
  • Padcard, Jane M.; Ruth, Toni K. & Skiles, Raymond, 1991, Behavior of High Risk Mountains Lions in Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Pena, Iliana A., 2002, Asessing Public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding mountain lions in Texas
  • Pittman, M. T.; Guzman, G. J. & McKinney, B. P., 1995, Ecology of the Mountain Lion on the Big Bend Ranch State Park in the Trans-Pecos Region of Texas
  • Pozio, E.; Pence, D. B.; La Rosa, G.; Casulli, A. & Henke, S. E., 2001, Trichinella Infection in Wildlife of the Southwestern United States
  • Robertson, Paul & Altman, Charles David, 2000, Texas Mountain Lion Status Report
  • Rominger, Em, 2007, Culling mountain lions to protect ungulate populations--some lives are more sacred than others
  • Roy McBride, 2000, The Effects of Predator Control on Mountain Lions in Texas
  • Russ, William B. & Parks, Texas, 1995, The Status of Mountain Lions in Texas
  • Sayre, Nathan F. & Knight, Richard L., 2009, Potential effects of united states-mexico border hardening on ecological and human communities in the malpai borderlands: Diversity
  • Smith, Thomas E.; Duke, Ronald R. & Kutilek, Michael J., 1984, The Ecology of the Mountain Lion in the Guadelupe Mountains of Texas and New Mexico
  • Stiner, Mary C. & Munro, Natalie D., 2012, Carcass damage and digested bone from mountain lions ( Felis concolor ): implications for carcass persistence on landscapes as a function of prey age
  • Stiner, Mary C.; Munro, Natalie D. & Sanz, Montserrat, 2012, Carcass damage and digested bone from mountain lions (Felis concolor): Implications for carcass persistence on landscapes as a function of prey age
  • Thompson, Ron; Harveson, Patricia Moody; Harveson, Louis A.; Milani, Dana & Dennison, Katie, 2012, Ecology of Mountain Lions in the Davis Mountains: Assessing Impacts on Prey Populations
  • Tiefenbacher, John P.; Shuey, Michelle L. & Butler, David R., 2000, A Spatial Evaluation of Cougar-Human Encountern in U.S. National Parks: the Cases of Glacier and Big Bend National Parks
  • Wade, Dale A.; Nunley, Gary L.; Caroline, Milton & Hawthorne, Donald W., 1984, History and Status of Predator Control in Texas
  • Wagner, Matt, 1996, Texas
  • Walker, Christopher W.; Harveson, Louis A.; Pittman, Michael T.; Tewes, Michael E. & Honeycutt, Rodney L., 2000, Microsatellite Variation in Two Populations of Mountain Lions ( Puma concolor ) in Texas
  • Young JR, John Hillis, 2009, Estimating Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) Population Parameters in Texas
  • Young, John H.; Tewes, Michael E.; Haines, Aaron M.; Guzman, Gilbert; Demaso, Stephen J.; Young, John H.; Tewes, Michael E.; Haines, Aaron M.; Guzman, Gilbert & Demaso, Stephen J., 2010, Survival and Mortality of Cougars in the Trans-Pecos Region

Agency Reports

  • Leavitt, Daniel Jacob, 2003, Mountain Lion Incidents in Big Bend National Park: 1953-2003
  • Locke, Shawn; Brewer, Clay & Harveson, Louis, 2005, Identifying Lanscapes For Desert Bighorn Sheep Translocations in Texas
  • Mckinney, Billy, 2010, Mountain Lions, Deer and Predator Control
  • Russ, William B., 1995, The Status of Mountain Lions in Texas
  • Thompson, Bruce C., 1984, Texas
  • Young, John, 2010, Texas Mountain Lion Status Report
  • Young, John, 2008, Texas Mountain Lion Status Report



  • Rominger, Em, 2007, Culling mountain lions to protect ungulate populations--some lives are more sacred than others
  • Wagner, Matt, 1996, Proceedings of the Fifth Mountain Lion Workshop

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