Wild Friends

 
Jim Williams on Bearhat Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana

Jim Williams on Bearhat Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana

“David Neils cares about wildlife and people.  His extensive experience tracking wild pumas in remote wild places has proven useful as a tool to engage local communities.  David is inspiring young and old alike to care about pumas and other wildlife conservation efforts.   He has taken noninvasive camera trap sampling to the next level by using spatial movement patterning based on his hard won knowledge of preferred puma habitats.  David has developed a keen eye for the path of the wild puma.” 

Jim Williams M.S., Author of Patagonia Inc.’s Path of the Puma and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Supervisor and Certified Wildlife Biologist


Penny Maldonado, at home, in the wilderness

Penny Maldonado, at home, in the wilderness

One of the hardest aspects of my job is helping people to connect to an animal that they will probably never see! The elusiveness of the mountain lion is one of its greatest survival skills. David Neils’ videography has provided a remarkable tool in bridging that gap by opening a window into the mysterious world of the most magnificent cat. No invasive procedures are ever utilized to capture the photos and videos in David’s library-not even the presence of a human. The lions are, indeed, as they are, with perhaps a dash of cat-like curiosity when the camera is spotted!

I wonder if David has ever calculated the number of footsteps that have gone into acquiring his more than eight hundred video clips? I imagine that those steps are not as important to David as the heartbeats that drive his intention to bring more information, more understanding, more awareness, and more tolerance among people for the wildlife that surrounds them.

David’s business,Wild Nature Media, developed, not only out of the need to make a living, but the desire to make a difference.

Penelope Maldonado, Executive Director, The Cougar Fund