We are conducting surveys, monitoring, and research on cougars (puma, mountain lion) on the Ladder Ranch in south-central New Mexico. Here, cougars are of particular interest given their effects on state-endangered desert bighorn sheep and other valuable big game. These projects are also resources for training and education, most notably through the Cougar Field Workshop.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

After a spectacular sunrise at Eagle Rock Canyon, I encountered a number of snakes. A western diamondback (Crotalus atrox) which had been unfortunately hit by a car, a desert patchnosed snake (Salvadora deserticola), a western hognosed snake (Heterodon nasicus) which promptly played dead, and a glossy snake (Arizona elegans). All of these snakes were encountered within about 10 miles of road.


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