Selective Effects of Sport Hunting on Mountain Lions

We are collaborating with Dr. Ken Logan at Colorado Parks and Wildlife on a project studying the effects of sport hunting on mountain lion (Puma concolor) populations in the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Dr. Logan has overseen an extensive 10-year field study collaring and collecting samples from mountain lions.  During the first five years of this study, no hunting was allowed in the study area.  During the second five years, sport hunting was reintroduced and monitored.

We aim to look at the effects of hunting on selection and fitness, sexual structure, population structure, and reproduction.

Shortly, I will be traveling to the Funk lab at Colorado State University to work with Daryl Trumbo on building RAD-Seq libraries with my samples to begin generating data.

Stay tuned for updates and publications!  If you’re interested in this project, check out my bio!

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