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

Two days after our work with Mike ended, and the first day of the Cougar Field Workshop, professional guide and hunter Orvel Fletcher managed to tree this female near the headquarters of the Ladder Ranch. Orvel, now 84, has been hunting cougar for over 60 years. This particular day, he made it seem easy, possibly misleading our workshop participants. Here the cougar is falling asleep after Ladder Ranch manager Steve Dobrott successfully darted her with an excellent shot.


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