Estimating Mountain Lion Population Sizes and Demographic Rates in Colorado

Research Project: 

RB00CNJ.16

Project Manager: 

Sara Oyler-McCance
A Colorado Mountain lion, taken at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Foothills Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins, CO. Photo by Mindy Ritchie, USGS.
A Colorado Mountain lion, taken at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Foothills Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins, CO. Photo by Mindy Ritchie, USGS.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is interested in monitoring mountain lion population sizes and demographic rates using mark-recapture techniques. In this study hair and fecal samples are being collected at baited sites opportunistically and used to uniquely identify individuals.  This project was initiated to obtain capture/recapture data on mountain lions along the Front Range of Colorado. This research is in collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife