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.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A significant portion of the day yesterday was spent reviewing the operation manuals for the Telonics TGW-3580 GPS collars shown here and reinitializing the collars. These two collars were purchased by the Turner Endangered Species Fund for the cougar research. A third collar, purchased by Furman University, has been ordered and is on its way. As the opportunity to collar a cougar is a rare one, and the equipment (especially these GPS collars) represent a significant financial investment, it is critical to be as well prepared for the eventual cougar capture as possible. Today, the manuals were reread and the collars retested to ensure that when the time comes for deployment, everything goes as well as it can. (Notice I didn't say perfectly.)


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