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, February 16, 2009

Above is a map of LF1's locations for the last 362 days. The yellow dots show her movements over the last 30 days. She has expanded her home range considerably south in the last few weeks. It's interesting to note that she has basically avoided lower Animas Creek since she had her cubs. It may be that she is avoiding the large males that frequent that area. Based on photo data we know that at least two big toms are often found on lower Animas.


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