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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Also on April 22nd I visited the area where a TESF employee had a run-in with our collared LF-2. I was able to confirm LF-2's presence from her strong radio signal in the area and also her tracks. I found two tracks, in the photo the one by the calipers was more defined and the one above, by the pocketknife, indicated that she was moving quickly because claw marks were present. The Puma was seen in the upper fork of a Cottonwood tree overlooking Animas creek which I have indicated in the photo with a red dot marking her location. Harley and I searched the area up stream yesterday and could not find any evidence of a Javelina kill.


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