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 30, 2008

Recent heavy rains down on the Ladder has destroyed 5 of our remote cameras. Unfortunately, this is a significant set back for our detection probability study. Eleven cameras still remain in our sampling grid. Above are a few of our more interesting recent photos. Immediately above we have a rare photo of a badger. Out of more than 1,000 camera nights on the Armendaris Ranch in 2006-2007 we recorded only 3 badger photos. This likely has more to do with the placement of cameras and badger habitat preferences than it does with badger abundance.


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