Scavenging of an Elk, Cervus elaphus, Carcass by Multiple Cougars, Puma concolor, in Southeastern Alberta

Michelle M. Bacon, Mark S. Boyce


We report the confirmed or suspected scavenging by six different Cougars, Puma concolor, on an Elk (Cervus elaphus) carcass, from January to April 2009, near Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in southeastern Alberta, Canada. Visitations by Cougars were captured by a camera trap focused on the carcass; we were able to tentatively identify 6 individual Cougars by the presence of radio-collars, ear sizes and tail characteristics. Our photos are the first published event of >2 Cougars feeding on the same carcass.


Cougar; Puma concolor; camera trap; scavenging; food sharing; Alberta

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