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.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Below are a series of photographs that likely indicate breeding behavior between LM1 and an unidentified female. Notice that LM1 has significant wounds on his face, particularly the right cheek. He is followed a short time later by an unidentified female. She appears to have blood on her left hind leg. The two pass back and forth in front of this camera 4 times in the span of an hour and a half. Frequently, when males and females come together to mate, things get rough.


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