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, January 31, 2008

In November our cougar began visiting the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (light blue triangle), just north of the ranch. On the ground investitations by refuge biologists indicate that our collared cougar was eating geese and oryx. It's most likely that he was scavenging geese that had died during the night. The tight cluster of locations at the upper right of the map likely indicate a place where he fed.


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