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, August 11, 2008

There is a possibility that LF1 has had a litter of cubs. On Saturday, Kate Thibault investigated what we supposed was a cache site in Animas Canyon. LF1 had been in this spot for three days - since the 6th of August. However, Kate did not find any prey cache. But, she did find that LF1 was still there! LF1 was out of site beneath large rocks. We will continue to monitor this site closely in order to document a litter (if one exists) as quickly as possible.
Again, we did not receive a data download from LM1's collar. We did pick up the VHF signal from his collar on both Friday and Saturday. He was located in Animas Canyon, perhaps a mile east of where we located LF1.


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