Finding a home

New research conducted by biologists at the University of Alberta has uncovered novel insight into the various determinants that influence the habitats of cougars. 

What started as an extensive project concerning predation on elk promptly changed gears to focusing on the habitat patterns of cougars after researchers placed Global Positioning System (GPS) collars on the animals. The team was left with a pattern of detailed animal movements leading them to the discovery that daylight, traffic, and topography are three fundamental factors influencing cougars to select habitats near roadways. 

Photo credit David Neils.