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, November 09, 2006

Michelle Schireman, of the Oregon Zoo, and her search-and-rescue dog in training, Rogue, departed today. Michelle assisted with the ongoing effort to monitor the desert bighorn sheep population and locate and collar any cougar in the management area. Unfortunately, Michelle did not get the opportunity to assist with collaring, but she was tremendously helpful in the execution of field work, and most especially in the search for additional grant monies. A number of wildlife conservation grant opportunities can be found at the AZA Funding Sources web page. Thanks Michelle!


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