Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion

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About the Author

Jim Williams, who worked for Linear Technology for nearly three decades, was a talented and prolific circuit designer and author in the field of analog electronics until his untimely passing in 2011. In nearly 30 years with Linear, he had the unique role of staff scientist with interests spanning product definition, development and support. Before joining Linear Technology in 1982, Williams worked in National Semiconductor's Linear Integrated Circuits Group for three years. Williams was a legendary circuit designer, problem solver, mentor and writer with writings published as Linear application notes and EDN magazine articles. In addition, he was writer/editor of four books. Williams was named Innovator of the Year by EDN magazine in 1992, elected to Electronic Design Hall of Fame in 2002, and was honored posthumously by EDN and EE Times in 2012 as the first recipient of the Jim Williams Contributor of the Year Award.
Joe Glickman took up kayaking in 1993 while writing an article on Florida's 10,000 Islands for Men's Journal. Since then he's paddled and raced all over the United States, as well as in Thailand, Tahiti, and South Africa. He is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Inside Sports, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
A wildlife biologist who studied mountain goats and grizzlies in the Rockies, elephants in Africa, and whales in the world's oceans, Doug Chadwick also writes about natural history, conservation, and wildlife around the world, from right whales in the sub-Antarctic to snow leopards in the Himalayas, producing close to fifty articles for National Geographic magazine. In addition, he has written thirteen books about wildlife and conservation, including The Wolverine Way, Tracking Gobi Grizzlies, Yellowstone to Yukon and the lead chapter in Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies, a photographic celebration of the region's wildlife and scenic majesty.


Jim Williams's fascinating and inspiring Path of the Puma tracks mountain lions and their place in the ecosystem, showing what can be done to preserve their habitat while enjoying our own. -- Foreword Reviews
Written in accurate yet easy-to-understand scientific language, Williams's heartfelt and comprehensive offering will appeal not only to wildlife biologists, but to nature lovers everywhere. -- Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"The author's passion and his firsthand knowledge of his subject make the narrative highly readable. . . . A handsome book that is well-balanced, instructive, and authoritative." -- Kirkus Reviews
There's a success story to be told, but it's one with a mixed outcome, he notes. "America's vast public lands, and Patagonia's newly conserved parks, are a bulwark against the crush of humanity," writes Williams. "But the trajectory--despite the recent success and expansion of Puma concolor --is toward more people and less wild nature. Predators will continue to prey on livestock. Ungulates will continue to compete for grass. Mountain lions will continue to prey on pets. Subdivisions will continue to consume habitat. Hunters will continue to compete with carnivores. Game managers will continue to be pressured by hunters." -- National Parks Traveler
"Suggested Episode: Path of the Puma is a great place to start and will give you a sense of the great lion of North and South America and the people who care deeply about its survival." -- (about author interview on Meateater's podcast)
"...the main purpose of Path of the Puma, according to Williams, is to 'inspire people about wild things and wild places.' To that end, the book is an absolute page-turning success." "Peppered with gorgeous wildlife photography, the book is equal parts high-stakes adventure story, personal memoir, and, of course, mountain lions. . . . Like the big cats at the heart of it, Path of the Puma is a truly exceptional and important creation." -- Santa Barbara Independent