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Tracking mountain lions with GPS

Arizona Game and Fish department has collared cougars in the Tucson area. They want to know more about the big cats’ habits, especially around new housing nestled near the mountains. Computers and satellite technology could head off other similar situations. Game and Fish hopes to be tracking 20 mountain lions here in the Tucson area and near Payson. So many of us are now competing with the mountain lion for living space, it might help to learn more about the animals so we can get along better.

Tracking collars are nothing new, and Game and Fish department has been using GPS collars for three years now. But the latest technology helps researchers track the lions every few hours, much more frequently than before. It’s going to take time to track all of the lions, fit them with collars and gather up all of the information; at least a couple of years.