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, February 29, 2008

By 10 we'd found the fresh track of a big tom. The problem was that the south slopes had already started losing thier snow, making it very hard for the dogs to trail. With lots fast and slow trailing we made our way behind the dogs several miles to the upper end of Animas Creek, shown in the photo. We rode home in the dark, by moonlight.


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