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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I downloaded our first remote digital camera photos of our collared Pumas yesterday! The photos are from a camera I placed on a kill made by LF-1 around April 12th, represented in the map by the cluster of points. The first photo is of LF-1 revisiting the kill site on the 14th. The second photo is of LF-2 visiting the kill site on the 17th. LF-1 was still returning to the general area of the kill up until the 19th based on GPS data. We noticed that LF1 repeatedly left this kill and then returned to it. It is possible that LF2 was repeatedly moving LF1 off of this kill.


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