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.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Although we didn't receive any data for LM1 for the 13th, 14th, and 15th, we can see where he's been since 22:00 on the 16th. He as been traveling east along the north side of bell mountain; and, as of 4:00 am the morning of the 18th he was about 1km SW of LF1's most recent kill. We hope that these two cougars don't show up on the same kill. One of the primary sources of cougar mortality is death by other cougars. Usually the perpetrator is a large resident male, like LM1. If he should find LF1's deer kill there could be trouble.


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