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.

Monday, April 21, 2008

It looks like LM1 and LF1 have either been rubbing elbows or doing their best to avoid each other while hunting the same ground. The map above shows LM1 in blue and LF1 in red. Each location is labeled with the date it was recorded. I have used a circle and arrows to indicate the places where these two cougars were the closest in terms of distance and time. It is possible, that LM1 moved LF1 off of her kill. That would explain why she left this kill several times over the last week, unlike her previous four kills. But, because we have so many gaps in LM1's data it is difficult to tell for sure.


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