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 09, 2008

Orvel Fletcher and Steve Dobrott have managed to do it again! We now have a fourth collared mountain lion. Unfortunately, we did not have a GPS collar available at the time this female was captured. She was fitted with a VHF collar which will be replaced with a GPS collar in the near future. As our number of collared mountain lions has increased, we will need to pass on our formal naming scheme to blog readers: Armendaris Ranch male (collared April of 2007) AM1; Ladder Ranch female (collared Febuary 2008) LF1, Ladder Ranch male (collared March, 2008) LM1, and Ladder Ranch female (collared April 2008) LF2.


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