Mountain Lion

Increased Cougar sightings in Utah; House BIll 228
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In December, a pair of mountain lions was caught on a doorbell camera in Bountiful. While viral videos and urban sightings can be rare and exciting, House Representative Casey Snider, from District 5, said it can be a regular occurrence in rural parts of the state — like down the road from his house in southern Cache County.

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about measuring wildlife — but at two very different scales.

Emily Sadler uses microscopes to measure insect stingers.

David Stoner uses satellites to measure populations of mountain lions, plants and mule deer.

How will they measure up to one another? We'll find out. 

Adult mountain lion, beige and brown in color stands on top of a rock with a forested background.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Satellite imagery gathered by NASA from outer space is being used to help predict where and how many mule deer and mountain lions could be migrating near urban areas, increasing the potential for wildlife-human interactions.