Puma responses to close approaches by researchers

  title={Puma responses to close approaches by researchers},
  author={Linda L. Sweanor and Kenneth A. Logan and Maurice G. Hornocker},
Abstract We documented behaviors that wild pumas (Puma concolor) exhibited when approached by researchers during a 10-year study of a puma population in New Mexico. We approached and visually observed responses of 75 radiocollared pumas on 251 occasions and 7 noncollared pumas on 5 occasions. These pumas seldom had contact with people, except in the context of puma research activities. Pumas we approached included adult females with nursing (n=71) and weaned (n=46) cubs, solitary independent… 

Puma and Human Spatial and Temporal Use of a Popular California State Park

Abstract Because of increasing concerns about puma (Puma concolor) attacks on people and the desire to minimize dangerous puma–human encounters while conserving puma populations, we examined spatial

Minor habituation to repeated experimental approaches in Scandinavian wolves

A high level of individual plasticity is indicated, making habituation difficult to predict in large carnivores if they habituate to humans.

Use of intraperitoneal radiotransmitters to study mountain lion (Puma concolor) Kittens

In the field, 7 mountain lion kittens from 2 litters in the Santa Monica Mountains were successfully implanted with intraperitoneal very high frequency radiotransmitters, providing a safe and effective method for following young mountain lions.

Demographic influences on cougar residential use and interactions with people in western Washington

Abstract Sound management of large carnivore populations in wildland–urban environments requires accurate information regarding the ecology of these populations and factors contributing to their

Leopard (Panthera pardus) predation on a red-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius) in the Issa Valley, western Tanzania

An observation of leopard predation on a red-tailed monkey at the Issa Valley, a savanna-woodland mosaic landscape in western Tanzania, suggests that leopards may be habituating to researcher presence.

Large Felid Predators and “Man-Eaters”: Can We Successfully Balance Conservation of Endangered Apex Predators with the Safety and Needs of Rapidly Expanding Human Populations?

The large felid carnivores are among the most endangered, and the most challenging, species to conserve on this increasingly human-dominated planet. In modern times, large felid carnivores were

Anthropogenic Factors Affecting Mountain Lions in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Anthropogenic Factors Affecting Mountain Lions in the Black Hills of South Dakota Brian D. Jansen 2011 Historically, mountain lions (Puma concolor) in North America were persecuted, at least since

‘In The Empire of the Senses’ and the Narrative Horizons of Comics

With their 1980s independent comics series The Puma Blues, writer Stephen Murphy and artist Michael Zulli presented a foreboding scifi vision of ecological catastrophe in a near-future USA, where

Erratum to: Minor habituation to repeated experimental approaches in Scandinavian wolves

The article Minor habituation to repeated experimental approaches in Scandinavian wolves, written by H. K. Wam & K. Eldegard & O. Hjeljord, was originally published Online First without open access.




Snares were most efficient when set at puma kills, scavenged carcasses, puma scrapes, lures, and on puma travel ways, while modifications of snares and snare-setting protocols reduced injuries to pumas and capture of non-target animals.

Understanding wildlife responses to humans

There is a need to rethink how wildlife management describes and makes decisions about wildHabituated b life responses to humans, and this can become an obstacle in decision-making.

Cat behaviour. The predatory and social behaviour of domestic and wild cats.

This English edition is about twice as large and, although behaviour of the domestic cat remains the main theme, a great deal of the book is given over to other species of the family.

Desert Puma: Evolutionary Ecology And Conservation Of An Enduring Carnivore

This is a scholarly monograph that presents the results of a 10-year field study of the ecology of the desert puma in the Chihuahua Desert of New Mexico. With the increasing recognition of the

Cougar attacks on humans in the United States and Canada

  • Wildlife Society Bulletin
  • 1991

Lessening the impact of a puma attack on a human

  • Proceedings of the Seventh Mountain Lion Workshop
  • 2003

Acceptable field methods in mammalogy: preliminary guidelines approved by the

  • Journal of Mammalogy
  • 1987

We are grateful to other project personnel who helped capture, radiotrack and observe pumas, including

    - Lessening the impact of a puma attack on a human

    • 2003