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.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Finally, as recently as two nights ago, a cougar was again photographed in Summer Spring Canyon. This photograph was taken on April 4th at 11:47 pm. By comparing the cougar in the image to the surrounding rocks and vegetation you can see that this cougar is the same size as the animal in the previous two photographs from this location. It is most likely the same cougar. It is remarkable, but not surprising to the veteran cougar trackers advising me, that this cougar (or these three cougars) have traveled precisely the same path on three separate occassions. The canyon bottom at this location is approximately 30ft wide, flat, and unobstructed and yet the travel path in this location has not varied by more than 18 inches side to side.


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