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, May 19, 2008

These photos are from a camera that Orvel helped me relocate to a game trail running parallel with Animas Creek and underneath a large Cottonwood Tree. There are 4 pumas that we know of from photos and GPS data that travel through this corridor including all three of our collard Pumas and an uncollared male. Probably the same uncollared male is in the first photo. The second photo is of LF-2. One of our collared males, LM-1 is in the 3rd photo. The camera is pointed at a scrape site and it seems most pumas that pass by are stopping to smell the scrape.


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