Puma Research and Outreach
Puma in Torres del Paine N.P., Chile 2015 (photo credit: C. Bonacic).
(Puma concolor) may also be known regionally as the mountain lion, cougar, or panther
2015 Ohrens, O., Treves, A., Bonacic, C. Relationship between rural depopulation and puma-human conflict in the high Andes of Chile. Environmental Conservation doi:10.1017/S0376892915000259.
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Pumas are among the top three most widely distributed wild carnivore on the planet, occurring from Alaska to Patagonia. However they are not thriving everywhere and are protected by law in some regions. There is no evidence yet for breeding pumas in Wisconsin although every year eye-witness reports and other evidence of pumas migrating through Wisconsin are reported. In 2012, CCL entered into a long-term collaboration with Fauna Australis, the laboratory founded by Dr. Cristian Bonacic and his students and colleagues from Fauna Australis of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Chile (photos 1–4).
Puma, Rio de las Cipresas Chile 2012 (Thanks to N. Guarda, Fauna Australis).
CCL's work in Chile is led by Omar Ohrens through a Conicyt grant from the Chilean government and Dr. Treves has been supported by a Fulbright Senior Specialist award to conduct research, outreach, and teaching activities. Several project sites are active and data on pumas are accumulating. We look forward to future Chilean visitors coming to Madison. In Fall of 2015, Dr. Cristian Bonacic, the founder and director of Fauna Australis. Dr. Bonacic will spend his sabbatical in Madison teaching and working with CCL for puma conservation.
Omar and Adrian in the Altiplano conducting pilot fieldwork on puma-livestock conflicts in Tarapaca, Chile 2012.
Puma, Tarapaca, Chile, 2012 (Thanks to J. Leichtle & M. De la Maza. Fauna Australis).
Puma, Nudo del Azuay, Ecuador 2009 (Thanks to Fundacion Cordillera Tropical and Dr. Stuart White).
Between 2008–2012, CCL captured photos of pumas in the Ecuadorian highlands (photo 5).
We are grateful for help and support from the following organizations:
- Fulbright Senior Specialist Program
- Fauna Australis and Dr. Cristian Bonacic of Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Santiago de Chile
- CALS International Programs
- Derse Foundation
- Tinker Foundation
- The Government of Chile for support to Omar Ohrens and Cristian Bonacic.