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.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

After making her last kill (an elk calf) LF1 has moved quite long distance in almost a semi-circle. She is now further north and west than she has been at anytime since she was collared. The last 6 locations are nearly on top of each other. In southern New Mexico, cougar's exhibit a peak in reproduction around August and September. There seems to be a steady build up with successively higher numbers of litters in June and then July. It is unusual for a healthy wild female cougar to go for very long without cubs. As we near the peak season for cubs, we are increasingly expectant that we will find LF1 with a litter.


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