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.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The 4th Annual Cougar Field Workshop was held this past week on the Ladder Ranch. Participants enjoyed beautiful weather, engaging presentations and discussion, and the unique opportunity to get out in the field and learn puma field techniques first hand. While we were unsuccessful at capturing a puma during the past week, participants were able to visit kill sites found using our already GPS collared pumas.

The following photos were taken by a Reconyx remote digital camera, set up on an LM2 cow elk kill. LM2 made the kill on the night of March 5th, we visited the kill on the 6th and set up cameras. The below photos show LM2 revisiting the kill on the night of the 6th, and dragging it just out of range of the cameras.


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