Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Harley Shaw and I went up the Animas. Harley drove my truck and I rode my mule. I went south and circled Bell Mountain and Harley drove over Pucker Point into the creek and looked for sign where Cave Creek dumps into the Animas.
He called me on the radio and told me that he had found fresh sign of a big tom. I rode over a rough buffalo trail and when I arrived the dogs hit the track and ran up into the bluffs overlooking Cave Creek. We heard them, then suddenly everything went silent. It was hard to tell which way they had gone, so Harley drove up the Animas and I followed him on the mule, but after a mile or so we turned around and went back to the bluffs.
Finally, I could hear the faint sound of hounds and we discovered that the dogs had followed the cat into the bluffs and inside a cave. The bluffs overlooking Cave Creek are riddled with holes and the cat was down in a hole.
Harley climbed the tree and put a rope around one of the cat's feet, lowered him to the ground....
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Switching back to our collared female, here is a map of her movements since the 10th of March. The red star indicates her location as of the 14th. The red crosses indicated the location of the two kills that we have located since her collaring. As you can see on the right hand side of the map, the location data we collected for her on the 10th are clustered tightly around the mule deer kill. She apparently wandered no more than a few yards from this kill for over 48 hours.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Now, switching back to our male cougar, the above map shows all of his recorded movements since the 1st of March. Again, it seems that if our data are correct and this cougar did shift his movements to the west following the application of tiger urine, he seems to be settling back down to his usual routine. Actually, it seems that he's spending a little more time in this area than usual. Although, a possible kill located in the vicinity of the two yellow dots could explain this.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008