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

Typically, cougars cache their kills, covering the carcass with dirt and debris between feeding bouts. We discovered just such a textbook cache in this willow thicket. Notice that organic debris has been removed in the forground and a heap of sticks, dirt, and leaves has been created in the background. Atop this heap we found a small pelvis. We were at first a little perplexed as to what animal this might have come from.



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