(Cody, Wyo.) — How big is that track? Yellowstone’s Cougar Project
kicked off their
third winter field season Jan. 4th, and plans to find out.
The project focuses on estimating cougar population, documenting predation
patterns, occupancy and individual age and sex on the northern range. The
study relies primarily on non-invasive track surveys, DNA analysis and
remote camera images.
The team will also capture and tranquilize six adult cougars to deploy GPS
This study follows in the footsteps of other cougar studies in
Yellowstone’s northern range that estimated there were 26-42 cougars after
*Feature photo and above: Yellowstone National Park Facebook / Pitchengine