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  1. ~ These June, 2017 research articles, respectively published in Royal Society Open Science and PLOS One, present findings of studies concerning conservation of the puma population in Southern California. Concerns about maintaining adequate genetic diversity to avoid inbred populations note the hazard of Interstate highway I-15. A single male puma crossed the highway, leading to much-needed genetic diversity.
  2. This article by Tom Stienstra in the San Francisco Chronicle explains the results of deploying motion-activated cameras in Northern California wildlife areas, especially Pt. Reyes National Seashore. A variety of seldom observed mammals have been photographed, including mountain lions (puma), bobcats, coyotes, Pacific fisher, deer, foxes and skunks. The technology has been effective both in daylight and at night. Dozens of photographs are included with the article, comprising a wealth of wildlife which survives on the margins of human activity.
  3. ~ This article from the Los Angeles Times tells the results of a necropsy done to a female puma, or mountain lion, who died in California's Point Mugu State Park. Rodenticides are regularly used by agricultural operations, causing uncontrollable hemorrhaging in any wildlife which ingest them.
  4. Working as a wildlife photographer and guide has led me to many great experiences and findings. I was among the firsts to start guiding for jaguars in the Pantanal, then I found a great place for ocelots... but another great cat remained a mistery to me, the puma, also known as mountain lion or cougar in North America. This cat, recently described at a National Geographic article as the "phantom cat", is rarely seen by anyone, despite their huge range and variety of habitats where they occur. Up until this trip, I only had a couple pictures of pumas made with camera traps. I haven't even seen it live with my eyes. Last year I planned a scouting trip to find pumas in Torres del Paine National Park, southern Chile, and it was a great success. So, here's a quick report with some pics: Our amazing hotel inside the National Park, surrounded by beautiful huge mountains and minutes away from the best puma areas. The world famous Las Torres granite peaks at first light. This is the most impressive mountain I have ever seen. We had breakfast at the field overlooking this scenery unfold a different way each morning. As expected, the search for pumas wasn't easy and demanded patience and a lot of hours in the field. The terrain is vast and the "ghost cats" sure know how to hide. Not that searching in places like this is exactly boring though In the meantime we found some great birds to photograph, like this White-tufted Grebe. And the ever-present Guanacos, a relative of the camels. They represent the main prey of pumas in this part of the Andes. I will continue this report later today...
  5. Apparently I didn't need to go to Costa Rica and search all over the Osa Peninsula unsuccessfully to find a puma when I could have sighted one in my own town! (I live on the border of a a town called Los Altos and a city called Mountain View). Yes, in the suburban park called Rengstorff Park in Mountain View, a couple of miles from my house, a suburban area I drive by all the time, a puma was spotted yesterday evening while it was still light and kids were practicing soccer! The field was cleared and the puma ran into the parking garage under an apartment building about a block away. Police and game wardens were called and thankfully they managed to find it hiding under a car, tranquilize it, and release it into the wilderness nearby. It caused quite the excitement on twitter last night, even causing the Mountain View Puma to create it's own, very amusing, twitter account who tweeted things like: MtnViewPuma @MTVPuma Whoever this car belongs to that I'm hiding under... time to get your tires rotated. Just trying to be helpful. and MtnViewPuma @MTVPuma Right now I'm dreaming of eating the 19 sheep I counted while cops waited for me to pass out. Good night! zzzzz #MVpuma to which the Mountain View Police Department replied: Mountain View Police @MountainViewPD Sheep for you @MTVPuma and some donuts for us. Thanks for the excitement! Sweet dreams + be safe #MVpuma Before the puma was tranquilized: After the puma was tranquilized: More on the story: and now I'm following a puma on twitter.
  6. The "Ghost Cats", as National Geographic titles a recent article about the Puma, one of the most widespread of all the cats, but also one of the most difficult to actually see in the wild. As this same article says later on: "These largely nocturnal cats are so secretive that camera traps are one of the best ways to illuminate their lives". This is about to change, though. I have scouted a place, the best local guides and a way to actually see and approach these gorgeous cats in plain daylight to get photos of a lifetime. If this wasn't enought, this new exclusive tour happens in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Torres del Paine N.P. and surrounding areas in Chilean Patagonia. Our itinerary, unique among all operators, is the first one designed with the main goal of producing great photographs of wild Pumas. This is probably the first ever photo tour for this elusive species, and the actual chances of finding them during the trip are very high. Our very small group will be guided by the absolute best Puma trackers in the region while we explore the amazing scenery of Torres del Paine in search of the ultimate Andean predator. - Only 6 photographers per tour. A small group guarantees quality and flexibility. - The best trackers in the region, with keen eyes for spotting Pumas and deep knowledge of their habits and how to find them. - Very high chances for great encounters. - Every guest, trackers and me will have a personal communication radio, so we have freedom to explore the area without risking missing anything, or to split the group in two to increase our chances. - Gorgeous hotel inside the park, minutes from the best Puma areas. - One morning also photographing beautiful horses running in a nearby estancia. - Non-photographers are also welcomed! Date: March 15 to 22nd of 2015. Fee: US$ 6,899 per person. To know more about this tour please visit my website at or go straight to this PDF for more details. Very limited spots, so if you want to photograph a wild Puma make sure to book early.

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