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 09, 2009

A white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) showed up in one of our more interesting photos last month (see the photo below). The white-nosed coati is listed as a species of "Greatest Conservation Need" by the NMDGF. It is also listed as endangered by the IUCN. In 1976 J.H. Kaufmann wrote that the white-nosed coati was only a rare visitor to the state of New Mexico with one confirmed record just north of Silver City. It is possible that this species is increasing its range in New Mexico. Another possibility is that no one has really looked for them in a rigorous and systematic way.


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