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, March 13, 2008

This is the site where our collared female has been spending so much time. In the foreground, immediately adjacent to the oaks, you can see a small mound of debris. As we suspected, given her lack of movement recently, she had made a kill in this location. In typical cougar fashion, she has cached this kill, dragging it beneath nearby shrubs and covering it with grass and other material.


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