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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Today's collar download from LF1 contained only a single location, indicating some interference with transmission. She is still at the rock outcrop in Animas Canyon (See the map below). The fact that the download contained so little data probably means that she has remained beneath the rocks where Kate found her on Saturday. Again, since there is no prey cache at this location, we strongly suspect that she has had a litter of cubs. Logan and Sweanor found that litter production in the San Andres population peaked in August and September.


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