Since animal-control officers and wildlife agencies east of the Rockies tend to be inexperienced in dealing with problem cougars, Tischendorf says, AERIE can provide the discreet, professional services of a team that is able to safely catch big cats, particularly in high-density areas. The team is quick to deploy, arriving where needed within 12 to 24 hours. The cost: $1,000 to $2,000 per day, plus expenses. "Our motto is simple," says Tischendorf. "We're like a puma-oriented Paladin: Have hounds. Have traps. Will travel."