|The fourth Cougar Field Workshop is to be held March 8-12, 2010 on the spectacular Ladder Ranch in the heart of New Mexico and the heart of cougar country. In addition to the spectacular scenery and wildlife diversity offered by the ranch, the ranch also has GPS collared cougars to provide unique training opportunities. For pictures and information about the movements of these cougars, visit our blog: http://furmancougar.blogspot.com/.|
- Organized by Harley Shaw, this workshop is designed to train biologists (with an emphasis on those working in the midwest and eastern U.S.) to recognize the varied sign of the cougar (Puma concolor).
- With the range of the cougar expanding eastward, it is becoming increasingly critical for wildlife biologists to reliably identify cougar sign. Check out several photos documenting recent cougar occurrences in the Midwest. For more information, visit The Cougar Network website.
- Participants will spend time in the classroom and in the field learning the science and art of tracking cougars, including the use of remote cameras.
- Topics of discussion and field work will include:
- identifying sign including cougar kills, scrapes, tracks, and differentiating these from other carnivore sign
- basic cougar behavior as known from research
- evaluation of the significance of cougar presence
- communication issues and public relations
- The workshop will be limited to 10 participants. Wildlife agency personnel will be given priority registration. Register early to guarantee a place, using the link above.
- Workshop can be used to earn Wildlife Biologist Certification Credits from The Wildlife Society. You may count 1 hour per actual hour of workshop, and 1 hour per 3 hours of field sessions.
- Navigate through the links above to garner additional information, including accommodations, directions, and further details of the agenda. Please contact us with any further questions you may have.
- If you are unable to make this workshop or if you are interested in holding one for your group, please contact us to discuss scheduling of future workshops.