by Matt Nelson
I will share information on the cougar studies I’ve been working on, explaining the purpose of them as well as the day-to-day mechanics of running a scientific study on cougars -- how we catch them, an overview of GPS collars, how we gather data, and what results we've seen thus far. I’ll share some surprising and interesting findings about cougar behavior. I’ll also talk a fair bit about cougar diet, biology (size, home range, breeding, interacting, specialization, individuality, etc.). I'll explain how this animal is adapting to continual encroachment into their home ranges, living very close amongst humans yet it is hardly ever seen by humans. I’ll also share how to recognize cougar sign and tracks in the field, and why we should feel comfortable and safe in the wild lands that we share. The presentation includes lots of photos and some video highlighting interesting behaviors. Matt's website, Redwood Coast Animal Tracking, includes more information on his background and skillset.
Special event fees apply: $10 collected at the Visitor Center for the presentation, children free. California State Parks entrance fees also apply. Please carpool!