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Mountain Lion: RMNP's Top Predator

  • 1895 FALL RIVER RD, ESTES PARK, CO 80517-9106
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
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This two-day class focuses on Colorado’s top predator, mountain lion (Puma concolor). Experienced mountain lion researchers will lecture on mountain lion ecology, ongoing research, human-mountain lion interaction, and community stewardship of our wildlife resources. The class is arranged to include equal portions of class time and time in mountain lion habitat. Morning presentations and lectures in the classroom are followed by hands-on instruction in the field, including demonstrations of research methods, tools, and data collection. In addition to an ecological overview of the species, students will receive practical instruction on how to “read” the signs left by mountain lions. They will learn also about mountain lion safety, the latest research techniques, key management issues, and how communities across the West are becoming involved. After taking the course, students will be better equipped to understand the role of mountain lion in western ecosystems, including its relationship with the people and communities of the Front Range.