Mountain lion expert comes to PEEC

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By Special to the Monitor

Internationally recognized cougar expert Ken Logan of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife division will talk at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center about his years of research on these animals. The talk is free and open to the public.

The focus of Logan’s career has been on the science of the cougar and on putting that scientific information into a format that will inform decision makers and citizens as they consider mountain lion management and conservation. Logan was the lead researcher for a 10-year, $1.4 million study of mountain lions commissioned by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. 

Logan’s research interests include puma biology and ecology, population dynamics, behavior, social structure, interactions of puma with prey, interactions of puma with people, and peoples’ views of and reactions to large carnivores. 

These last areas are of special interest in Los Alamos, where mountain lion sightings have increased this summer and more lion-human and lion-pet interactions have been reported. Of 41 sightings reported in Los Alamos to Yukon Wildlife Studio’s Project Mountain Cat, only three cougars ran away, while 13 were unafraid of the humans and four actually attacked a pet.  

Animal Protection of New Mexico will also attend the event and will have information and giveaways from the Cougar Smart New Mexico campaign. 

 This campaign is a joint project of APNM, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico State Parks and Santa Fe County Open Space and Trails.