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 12, 2008

Harley has solved the mystery of LF1's 11 day stay in one spot. In the area indicated by the southwest cluster of dots he found the remains of two mule deer carcasses. The collar download we received the day after Harley's visit shows that LF1 had left this area the day before and took a round-about trip back to the farm. Given the distribution of points in this cluster, it is possible that LF1 actually had three kills in this location. Harley has also noted that this female is consuming 90% of her kills, leaving only a few of the largest bones and the feet.


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