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Individual study: Fates of translocated cougars, Felis concolor, in Alberta

Published source details

Ross P.I. & Jalkotzy M.G. (1995) Fates of translocated cougars, Felis concolor, in Alberta. The Canadian Field-Naturalist, 109, 475-476


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Translocate predators away from livestock to reduce human-wildlife conflict Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A replicated study in 1988–1990 across parts of Alberta, Canada (Ross & Jalkotzy 1995) found that three cougars Felis concolor translocated following predation of livestock survived for between 3.5 months and at least one year after release. An adult female (4.3 years old) was translocated 51 km following sheep predation. She was found dead, from a bacterial infection, 3.5 months later. A 20-month-old male was translocated 51 km. One year later he was recaptured, 79 km from the release site, following reports of goat killings. He was released 43 km away but not subsequently monitored. A 15-month-old male was translocated 63 km after having killed a dog Canis lupus familiaris, and was shot by a licensed hunter, 20 km from the release site, nine months later. All three cougars had been previously caught and either ear-tagged or radio-collared for monitoring and research. In this study, the adult female was radio-tracked from an airplane.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)