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Puma Population USA 2012 — 4 Comments

  1. Not just Puma, or Mountain Lions as they are mostly called, demand respect – not because of the name of the word Lion but because they earned it. When I lived in the back hills I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a mama lion. Every year I would talk to her and every year she would let me get a bit closer – till I made a carnial mistake. I invited someone to come to one of our sessions. As soon as she saw them she turned tail and I never saw her again, He thought it was funny I did not.

    • What a shame. It is a privilege to make the acquaintance of a mountain lion or any wild animal but mountain lions are gorgeous.

  2. Wow. You are 100% correct. We are in the Texas-Arizona area for the US Dept of Fish and Game. That include New Mexico. I followed a very interesting newsletter some years ago about how difficult it was to track the number of Mexican Wolves once they were reintroduced in Northern Arizona. They had some luck collaring both the alpha male and alpha female of a pack, but they traveled such vast distances that even tracking by radio telemetry was a pain. They did finally get a rough estimate.

    On the shooting of these precious animals. I cannot speak for the other areas of the United States, but it is my understanding that we use ‘professional’ hunters to help cull the population of predators in our area. It leaves a dark ball of bile at the core of my stomach to think about it. I watched a gorgeous wolf taken down on television a few years ago. It was horrible. Let’s move on… There are plenty of reports of the number of permits given out all over the country and the number of animals killed. But no numbers at all, not even guesses on how many of this species or that species. We have a lack of man-power? Or is it lack of skill.

    I was going to write up a short article about this, but we have had professional hunters dogs tree two ocelots and five Jaguars about 200 miles south of Phoenix. They were found out in the desert, so no danger to the population of Tucson (Paul McCartney had a ranch there for several years). They, again, had no idea how many of either rare cat on in our part of the Sonora Desert, but it may be that these cats were looking for new territory to cover. This means the number of each species is up! No idea on the number, but we know they are growing. If the top predator in an area (the Jaguar in Southern Arizona and the Cougar or Mountain Lion as we call them here) is spreading out, that means there is more food. More rains equal more wildlife and the cycle of life profits.

    I am still in shock about there are no numbers to be had on pumas, bobcats, jaguars, ocelots or jaguarundis. I’m gonna look into this a bit more and see what I can find. Very interesting stuff. thanks

    • Hi Dan, thanks for the comment. If you can find hard data on puma population numbers that are verifiable please write an article about it.

      All wild cat species population counts are essentially guesswork! Wild cats are secretive and avoid people. Pumas avoid people if they can. That makes counting difficult.

      Camera traps are the most reliable way of counting wild cats – or scats (feces). Population densities are inaccurate.

      If the Red List does not know or care who does? The hunting people don’t want numbers published as it may stop their pastime. They are the most forceful group and certainly outweigh the conservationists.

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