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, May 28, 2008

Above is a map of the total locations we have received for LM1. It appears that there may be a kill at points 60 and 61 as well as 64 and 65. The total estimated area of his home range, based on all of these points, is about 88sq Km or 35sq miles. As this is on the low end of male cougar home ranges we may expect him to be traveling further in the coming months. However, prey density and the availability of females (LF1 and LF2 for sure) may keep him from wandering too far.


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