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.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It appears that LF1 may have cubs. She was first located at the potential den site (517) on the 6th of August. Kate went to investigate what we thought was a prey cache on the 9th. No cache was found, but Kate did locate LF1 beneath some rocks. No collar data was transmitted between the 7th and the 11th, indicating that LF1 was probably still beneath these rocks. Since the 11th she has made 3 trips, up to 1.5 miles away, but has repeatedly returned to the 517 area. Between the 11th and the 18th there are two days for which no data was recorded. Again, this suggests that she was beneath the rocks.


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