Desert Puma: Evolutionary Ecology And Conservation Of An by Kenneth A. Logan

By Kenneth A. Logan

This can be a scholarly monograph that provides the result of a 10-year box research of the ecology of the wilderness puma within the Chihuahua wilderness of latest Mexico. With the expanding reputation of the significance of best carnivores to the wellbeing and fitness and functioning of ecosystems. This ebook provides findings from some of the most finished long term experiences of a most sensible carnivore ever performed.

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Their operational purpose was to manage for a self-perpetuating puma population while dealing with interrelated issues, including maximizing opportunities for recreational puma hunting; minimizing competition between hunters and pumas for big game animals, especially mule deer; minimizing puma predation on desert bighorn sheep, a state-listed endangered species; and minimizing puma predation on livestock. In consideration of the wildlife managers’ needs, we developed three main research objectives: (1) to describe and quantify puma population dynamics, (2) to describe and quantify puma social organization, and (3) to describe and quantify the relationships of pumas to their prey, specifically desert mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus crooki) and desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis mexi cana).

They postulated that the social organization evolved to limit the density of breeding pumas to a level below that set by their prey (Seidensticker et al. 1973). This was one of the hypotheses we tested relative to the way pumas lived in our desert study area. In Nevada, Dave Ashman and colleagues with the Nevada Department of Wildlife studied pumas from 1972 to 1982 in eleven mountain ranges in the northeast and central parts of the state. The bulk of their work was done in the Ruby Mountains and the Monitor Range.

4 kg [1]. Total lengths for males ranged from 200 to 227 cm, and females ranged from 172 to 205 cm. The body and tail comprised about 63 percent and 37 percent of the total body length, respectively. 5 cm, and for females ranged from 43 to 61 cm. Pumas have a relatively compact head and a slender, elongate, muscular, lithe body on powerful limbs. Forelimbs are somewhat shorter and heavier than the aft and have larger paws on supine wrists, adaptations for handling prey and for climbing. The hind limbs, proportionately the longest in large felids (Gonyea 1976), propel the puma during quick bursts and help it to catapult cliffs, rock outcrops, and trees.

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