Born and raised in the Midwest Professor John Laundré received bachelors and masters degrees, and PhD from Idaho State. He has worked for over 30 years in large mammal predator-prey ecology in the western U.S. and northern Mexico, with experience in the ecology of cougars, wolves, coyotes, bobcats, deer, elk, bison, and bighorn sheep. His 17yr study of cougar ecology and behavior is one of the longest running to-date. John is the originator of the critical concept of “the landscape of fear” of between predators and prey. With more than 15 published scientific articles, he is also the author of ‘Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest’ of the phenomenon of cougars moving back into the Great Plains. He is assistant professor at Western Oregon University, and current board member of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation. John continues to be very active on all things cougar.