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Kirtland AFB mountain lion study


September 2015 - November 2018


The goal of our study is to provide information on basic life history and ecological attributes of mountain lions occupying Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Our specific objectives are to: 1) determine mountain lion territory locations, home range and areas and dens sites; 2) identify puma kill sites and determine prey composition; 3) estimate survival and determine cause-specific mortality; and 4) develop resource selection models for mountain lions on Kirtland AFB.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 15

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 51

Presentations: 151



  • James CainCo-Principal Investigator
  • Travis PerryPrincipal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • US DOD Kirtland Air Force Base


New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  2. New Mexico State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey