Our newest puma on the Santa Cruz Puma Project, 126m, may be the oldest puma we have ever caught.
One method of aging pumas is to look at tooth wear. White, sharp teeth are an indication of youth, with teeth becoming worn down and yellowing with age. But we have never seen a puma with teeth this worn down.
We are looking for a graduate student to join our lab in Fall of 2022. The student will develop and implement a statewide camera trap network to assess the population trends in the carnivore community in Illinois. This position includes a 50% research assistantship (~approximately 25k a year) and covers full tuition through the Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) Department.
Full details: Camera Trap Job Posting