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, July 23, 2008

A fresh kill was found by Mike Mader on June 26th when he noticed a drag mark across the main road down Animas. I placed a camera on the site to get photos of the lion responsible. An uncollared female lion dragged this Elk calf over 200 yards before caching it under a stand of oak trees lining the road. She made the kill in the early morning of the 26th, then visited it again on the same evening when she moved the carcass to a nearby 2nd cache site. She revisited the carcass on the 27th in the early evening. On the 28th the carcass had been moved again,left uncovered, and was mostly eaten. The lion did not appear to revisit the kill after leaving it on the 27th.


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