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The Pumas of Patagonia

Article by Elizabeth Royte, Photographs by Ingo Arndt

The big cats, leaving their reserved areas in Patagonia in search of food, are mauling sheep herds. Could tourism solve the problem?

The first mountain lion I set eyes on was a heavily muscled creature, snarling with fear, 20 feet up a pin tree in central Utah. Treed by hounds, the animal was shot by a federal employee protecting a rancher's sheep. If that encounter was pure Sam Peckinpah, my next sighting of the elusive cats (in Chile, where they're known as pumas) would be straight out of a storybook.

Wedged between shrubs on a wind-blasted slope just outside southern Chile's Torres Del Paine National Park, I watched three tawny cubs tumble and race along the shore of an aquamarine lake Read more… 
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