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, June 17, 2007

The bighorn rams have spread out far and wide across the range in the last few weeks. Previously, they were concentrated on the northeast quarter of the mountain. Our suspicion is that ewes are beginning to come into estrus and the rams are searching them out. This photo from Release Canyon seems to confirm our suspicions. If you look closely you can see that the ewe on the far left of this photo is wearing one of our radio collars.



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