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.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

The yellowing of cottonwood, willows, and salt cedar along the Rio Grande signals the advance of fall here on the Armendaris ranch. We have recently been joined by Michelle Schireman, the AZA (American Association of Zoos and Aquariums) puma population manager and full time zoo keeper at the Oregon Zoo. Michelle and I co-authored a successful grant proposal to the Oregon Zoo Future for Wildlife Fund. The resulting funding has purchased a GPS collar for the project as well as provided time for Michelle to assist in the work here on the Armendaris. In the photo above Michelle is looking for one of our radio collared ewes. A link to the Oregon Zoo has been added to the sidebar.


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