The Mountain Lion Workshop in Estes Park Colorado: 2017


There were great presentations at the Mountain Lion Workshop in Estes Park Colorado this week. This workshop has been held 12 years in a row. This years event was titled “A Synthesis of Management and Research Findings” and the day was divided into 7 sessions:

Session 1: MOUNTAIN LION/FELID POPULATION MONITORING
Session 2: JURISDICTIONAL MOUNTAIN LION MANAGEMENT SURVEY
Session 3: MOUNTAIN LION GENETICS & GENOMICS
Session 4: POSTERS, VENDORS, SOCIAL
Session 5: MOUNTAIN LION−HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS
Session 6: MOUNTAIN LION HARVEST MANAGEMENT
Session 7: MOUNTAIN LION BIOLOGY & ECOLOGY

Interesting topics included the Re-colonization of bears in the Great Basin and resulting species interactions: Effects on cougar predation behavior and implications for prey by Jon Beckmann, Carl Lackey, Pat Jackson, and Alyson Andreasen. Their research shows that the density of black bear populations are increasing in eastern and central parts of Nevada for the first time in decades. The University of Reno Nevada reported Carl Lackey on the subject:

“It appears that bears are naturally making their way into some of that historic habitat,” Lackey said. “Black bears once roamed clear across Nevada. Everywhere you look at today and think bears could probably live in, they probably did at some point. It appears that some of them are going back.”


During colonization most large land mammals were killed across the North American continent, including bears. In addition to over harvesting, environmental degradation of forests and other critical habitat led to the decline in both grizzly and black bear numbers. In the absence of grizzly bears, black bears have adapted to habitats once inhabited by their larger cousin. We are hopeful that black bears will continue their trek across the Nevada landscape towards their quest East and re-establish their historic ranges. The state of Nevada was well represented in the workshop.

You can read more about black bears headed East on the University of Reno Nevada’s news article. Get a complete list of presentations and the days agenda on the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) website.

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