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, August 22, 2008

The data we are getting from LF1's collar is still consistent with the idea that she has a litter of cubs. Although she has made another trip 1.5 miles to the SW of the 517 spot, it looks like she returned to it. Point 531 shows that she moved back towards 517 from point 530. Then there is a 17 hour gap with no data between points 531 and 532, again suggesting that something was blocking the collar communication with the satellites - perhaps the rocks of a den. She shows up again at 532 a short distance from a possible kill marked by 526 and 527 and less than a mile from 517.


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