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, October 02, 2006

No cougar sign today. Our recent visitor has vanished as suddenly as he/she appeared. The remote cameras are still producing interesting photos from time to time, such as the two mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) fawns and this striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis). We are using three types of remote digital camera: Cuddeback and Vigil (both purchased with Furman University Research and Professional Growth Grants) and Trail Mac (purchased by TESF). Finally, a quick thanks to Jesse Perry who assisted with the search for cougar sign this last week.


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