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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

On Monday Harley and I found that LF-2 had made another kill at the cluster of GPS points 193-195. The prey was a yearling Mule Deer probably killed in the wash near the first cache site, where we found the rumen. The kill was then moved up the wash to a second cache site where we found most of the remains. Part of the kill was then moved up to a third cache site where we found mostly discarded hair. The overall photo was taken from up on a ridge in a rock outcropping where LF-2 day-bedded while still on the kill, represented by GPS points 192 and 196. The second photo is of the first cache where the rumen was removed. We also found a scat pile up the wash where she made 2 scats in the exact same spot.


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