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 19, 2006

I have been seeing a variety of snake species on the roads in the morning as I make my rounds looking for cougar tracks and radio tracking the bighorns. This morning I found this unusually dark western diamondback (Crotalus atrox) and had to try for a picture. Sometimes not enough can be said for a good zoom lens!


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