A cougar wearing a GPS collar around its neck

Photo credit: Utah DWR

The Amazing Trace: tracking the 1,000-mile journey of a Utah cougar

Posted Feb. 13, 2024

“Every time we learn something new about cougar behavior or ecology, it only generates more questions about this species. One aspect that has been particularly interesting and perplexing is how, where and why cougars move across landscapes. …

“In an ongoing effort since 2018, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources — in partnership with researchers from Brigham Young University and Utah State University — has placed GPS tracking collars on over 60 adult cougars within the state.

“The tracking collars provide biologists with valuable data on cougars, including feeding behavior, reproduction, survival, cause-specific mortality and movement.”

Read more and see the migration animation of a cougar named “F66” at https://wildlife.utah.gov/news/wildlife-blog/1845-amazing-trace-tracking-the-journey-of-a-utah-cougar.html