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Kyle Knopff

A passion for the wilderness

Although he was raised in the Calgary suburbs, Kyle Knopff has always been drawn to the wilderness. As a boy, he spent his free time in the woodlands near the city, amusing himself by counting the deer that hid there and collecting old bones he found on the ground.

His interest in wildlife and ecology led him to study anthropology. He later travelled to the jungles of Belize and spent six months documenting the behaviour of the Guatemalan howler monkey. In 2004, he completed his Master’s in primate ecology.

After returning to Canada, he became interested in an entirely different species: the cougar. Since 2005, Kyle and his wife Aliah Adams have been tracking the cougar in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Foothills.

Champion of camouflage

Kyle Knopff and Aliah Adams left Edmonton in 2005 to settle near the village of Nordegg, Alberta, not far from national parks of Banff and Jasper. Their goal was to have a ringside seat so they could study the cougar’s behaviour more closely.

The goal of the project is to discover the links that exist between cougars and their prey, in order to better protect certain species that could be at risk due to predation by these felines. 

Studying cougar behaviour presents a major challenge. Capturing the animal during the summer is nearly impossible. Even if tracks are found, researchers must wait till winter arrives in order to be sure of the freshness of the tracks in the snow. 

 
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Le Cougar

Par Samuel, 2012-03-08, 12h57

Wow, quel beau reportage intriguant! Enfin, nous avons la confirmation qu'il y en a qui réside au Québec, j'espère bien en voir a l'état naturel un jour!

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