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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

In this photo Kate is fitting the collar - a tricky operation. The collar must not be too tight or it will interfere with the cougar's movement and feeding, or it could irritate the skin. Of couse, if it is too loose, the cougar may simply pull it off. Above the photo of Kate fitting the collar are two unsung heroes who assisted Kate that fateful day: Daniel Oros and Beau Van Rankin are shown with the cougar just after the collar was attached. They carried the cougar to a safe area for it to be revived from the immobilization drugs.



Blogger Michelle & Rogue said...

Way to go Dr T!

7:20 AM


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