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

Yesterday I checked out a juvenile female elk kill in a wash running into Ash Canyon prbably made by LF-1 around May 6th. The carcass had been dragged at least 10m down a grassy slope to a cache site, shown in the first photo, under a small dead Moutain Mahogany bush where it did not appear to have stayed very long. It was then dragged 5m downhill to the largest cache site under the Juniper tree in the second photo. From there it was dragged 3m further downhill under another small Mountain Mahogany bush. The kill was uncovered when I found it, but this is probably due to scavenging since it had been 12 days since she made the kill.


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