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.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Perhaps the most significant find of the trip was this western ringnecked snake (Diadophis punctatus). Contrary to it's common name this individual lacks the distinctive ring around the neck. It appears that this species has not previously been documented for the Fra Cristobal range.


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