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 08, 2006

Rain, rain, and more rain seems to be the mantra here on the Jornada del Muerto this year, usually one of the dryest regions of arid New Mexico. Returning from the mountain this morning I slipped and slid all over the road but managed to avoid the ditches (mostly). All the collared sheep were located and, as far as could be determined, are happy and healthy. Here you see a picture of our one radio collared ram taken with a remote digital camera in June. It is usually quite difficult to get within sight of this fellow on foot so we were glad for the opportunity to view him on camera.


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