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.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

There has been no sign of the cougar since the 28th of September. In addition to rechecking the remote camera that produced the photos below and rechecking the waterhole where the tracks were seen, two long hikes were taken in Hellion and Chrysoclora canyons at the south and north ends of the range respectively. Something triggered one of the remote cameras in Release Canyon, but the resulting image shows only water, rocks, and plants. Perhaps this was our cat.

Although we haven't seen sign of the cougar, life at Lava Camp has not been without excitement. At the risk of turning this into a "Furman Snake Blog" here's a picture of an evening visitor to the front door that created a lot of excitement.


Blogger Michelle & Rogue said...

Maybe the snakes have scared all the cats away?!!!!

2:09 PM


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