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

We followed our cougar a short distance to make sure that she successfully made a shallow stream crossing. Above, Harley points out some VERY fresh cougar tracks to workshop participants. Harley reckons these tracks were made by a groggy, 70 to 80 pound female cougar within the last 5 minutes. He really is that good.


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