For the past two years, BRI graduate student Price Rumbelow has been studying human-mountain lion conflict potential in Big Bend National Park, under the direction of his advisor, Dr. Patricia Moody Harveson. Trail monitors were used to measure human activity, and mountain lions were fitted with GPS monitoring collars in order to monitor thier movements.
The results of this study will provide park management with valuable information on how visitors are using the park, and when and where there is potential for mountian lion-human interactions. To learn more about our research on mountain lions in west Texas, visit our Mountain Lion Research Page.
Before moving to west Texas, BRI graduate student Rich Mrozinski had a career working in aerospace engineering with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Now, as he begins a second career in Natural Resource Management, he is putting his statistics and programming skills to work on his thesis project. As part of the West Texas Mountain Lion Project, Rich is using spatial capture-recapture techniques to estimate mammalian population densities in the Davis Mountains.
Registration is now open for the Trans-Pecos Wildlife Conference! The conference will be held August 3-5, 2016 at the Morgan University Center, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX.
The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with a presentation and discussion session by the Texas Deer Study Group. On Thursday, presentation sessions will include: carnivore and non-game management, managing habitats in the desert, big game, and gamebirds. The conference will conclude on Friday with a field tour. Click here to view the full schedule!
For more information, or to register, please visit the Conference Event Page. We look forward to seeing you there!