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 15, 2008

Yesterday I found LF-1's most recent kill in a narrow and steep wash draining into Seco Canyon (indicated in the photo by a red dot). The kill was a male Mule Deer that had apparently been choked by a bite to the throat. The animal was partially covered and had been dragged down the wash 30-40m. I placed a remote digital camera at the site, so hopefully we will get a picture of LF-1 revisiting the kill. Today her VHF signal was very strong around the kill site, so she is probably still using this kill.


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