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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

One of the interesting benefits of using the remote digital cameras to monitor cougar activity on the Fra Cristobal range is that we get a rare look at the other wildlife in the area. Above there is a photo of a ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) and a bat! The bat is a little hard to see and is indicated by the white arrow. Although it's difficult to tell from the photo, the bat is likely a pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus). We also managed to get several photos of a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) bathing in one of the wildlife drinkers. The best of the series of eagle photos is posted above.


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