Video slideshow: LM2 revisiting elk kill mentioned in last post. He returns to the kill at 6:00 PM and then again at 9:40 PM, but doesn't appear to feed on it . This may be because he was wary of even the no flash cameras. When he returns at 11:00 PM, he promptly drags the carcass out of the camera's range to feed for the night.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The 4th Annual Cougar Field Workshop was held this past week on the Ladder Ranch. Participants enjoyed beautiful weather, engaging presentations and discussion, and the unique opportunity to get out in the field and learn puma field techniques first hand. While we were unsuccessful at capturing a puma during the past week, participants were able to visit kill sites found using our already GPS collared pumas.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
LM3 Update: On January 22nd we received what seems to be the last consistent GPS data download from LM3's collar. The above and following photos of LM3, taken since the 22nd of January, confirm that he is alive, but his collar is not working.
LM3's frequent photos indicate he is still regularly moving through the camera grid, and will hopefully be able to be re-collared. Based on the location of the cameras capturing his photo in the past month we have set up a trap line to capture him along one of his many paths of travel. The photo below is from our first trap night with snares, showing LM3 checking a "scent station" only 30 ft. from a nearby snare! Unfortunately he came and went without traveling past our snare in what seemed to be just a slight detour to check and possibly mark at this "scent station". While getting SO close to catching a target animal in the first trap night was VERY frustrating, based on his photos we expect that he will be passing by this spot again soon, giving us a second chance at re-collaring him!