LF1 has been moving throughout our camera grid system over the last several weeks. Curiously, we haven't photographed her once during his time. On the other hand we've photographed LM1 at least 8 times during this same period. Although we have very little data, this pattern suggests that a female with cubs may be using different travel routes than those used by adult males.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Below there are a number of new photos from our remote cameras. We detected LM1 at least twice as well as an uncollared cougar, likely a male. Other notable photos include a black-backed side-striped color variant of the hooded skunk and a house cat that has wandered very far from its house.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We have recorded several photographs of an uncollared male at this camera in the past. Likely, most of the photographs are of the same individual. The individual in the photograph above, plus LM1, LF1, and the uncollared female photographed on 22 and 23 November make at least 4 adult puma currently frequenting the camera grid - about 64 sq Km.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
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.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The map above show's LF1's movements over the last two weeks. There are three clusters of points that may indicate prey caches. She is currently still at the most recent cluster. The straight lines connecting the points don't actually show her travel route, but they do help to illustrate the general direction she has moved in. Most notably, she has returned to the farm fields after several months away. We predicted that she may return to this area in winter, as prey density increases dramatically around the fields at this time of year. It will be interesting to see how long she stays in this area.