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, April 06, 2007

We have had a dramatic increase in cougar activity in the study area over the last month. Counting the photographs taken on the 8th and 9th of March, our cameras have captured a total of SEVEN cougar images in the last 29 days. If you are a follower of this blog you might recall that between 1 June and 27 September we captured ZERO cougar images and only three between 28 September and 20 December. The first photo above was taken again in Summer Spring Canyon on the 13th of March. As you can see below the graphs, a cougar was photographed in this exact same spot on the 9th of March, just four days earlier.


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