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Release Date: 06/05/14
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Local Researcher Provides Insight into Puma Populations at the Anasazi Heritage Center

DOLORES, Colo. –Ken Logan, Mammals Researcher for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will present “Researching Puma Populations in Western Colorado” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado. Logan’s presentation highlights his 10-year cougar research program, the Uncompahgre Plateau Cougar Population Project.
Logan he earned his Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho in 2001.  He has been involved in cougar research, including population ecology, behavior, social organization, cougar-prey relationships and cougar-human interactions since 1981 in four western states.  He has co-authored several related professional papers, book chapters and a book titled: Desert Puma: Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation of an Enduring Carnivore, which was awarded The Outstanding Publication in Wildlife Ecology and Management by The Wildlife Society in 2002.
Following the presentation, attendees can explore the “Mountain Lion!” exhibit. This display addresses the growing issue of human encounters with mountain lions. Recent decades have seen a dramatic rise in cougar sightings and dangerous encounters on the urban fringes of western cities. “Mountain Lion!” blends science, history and art to promote understanding of this predator and its long, historic relationship with people. The exhibit was developed by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Southern Ute Tribe.
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The Anasazi Heritage Center is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Admission is free on the day of lectures.  The museum is three miles west of Dolores, Colorado, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Last updated: 06-06-2014