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 14, 2008

The most recent LM-1 kill was an adult male Elk. The kill was in a wash draining into Animas Creek. I could not determine the exact point where the animal was killed, but it was dragged 40-50 m down the wash as was evident from the drag marks in vegetation and blood stains found on rocks. The kill wasn't covered, but this is likely because there was not much material to cover it with in the area. There was evidence of heavy elk traffic in the area, and there was plenty of stalking vegetation for pumas around the wash.


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