When mid-coast district wildlife biologist Jason Kirchner starting seeing high numbers of cougar harvests and mortalities in the central coast range in Oregon, he wanted to know more about the population of cougars in his district. To do so, he'd need to capture and collar as many cougars as possible and then continue to take DNA samples of as many cougars as he could using teams of hounds to locate them. The first part of that study is now wrapping up, and it's time to analyze the data. But you can learn a lot during the field work portion of any study, so today's episode feature's district wildlife biologist Jason Kirchner talking about how his own perception of cougars changed during this study.
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