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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Since LF1 was recollared she has moved back into our camera grid, as shown above. We are hopeful that we may detect her and her cubs soon. Our objective is to calibrate remote camera detection rates with GPS movement data in order enhance the usefullness of remote cameras as a reliable survey tool.

Monday, November 17, 2008

This is the best photo Megan and I were able to take of one of LF1's cubs. The cub is laying on its left side with its head oriented towards the top of the photo. Look for the black spot on its muzzle.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

LF1 Recollared! Thanks again to the efforts of Orvel Fletcher as well as Brian Jansen, Lisa Haynes, and Steve Dobrott LF1 has been recollared with a brand new Northstar GPS collar, purchased with funding from the Oregon Zoo. Funding from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and the New York State Zoo paid for fuel and medical supplies that made the capture possible. More soon!