First soft-release of a relocated puma in South America

  • Published source details Adania C.H., de Carvalho W.D., Rosalino L.M., Pereira J.D. & Crawshaw P.G. (2017) First soft-release of a relocated puma in South America. Mammal Research, 62, 121-128.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Rehabilitate injured, sick or weak mammals

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Rehabilitate injured, sick or weak mammals

    A study in 2009–2012 in a forest area in São Paulo, Brazil (Adania et al. 2017) found that a rehabilitated puma Puma concolor released back into the wild survived for 14 months. Fourteen months after release, the rehabilitated puma was run over and found dead by a highway. The puma was healthy and the death resulted from the collision. A young male puma (approximately 12 months old) was rescued in September 2009 after being hit by a vehicle. It was kept and treated in a recovery enclosure (15 × 3 × 3 m). After 542 days, the puma had fully recovered and was transferred to a pre-release enclosure (35 × 30 × 5 m) in a forested mountainous area, 28 km from where it had been hit. It was radio-tagged and released after 34 days in the pre-release enclosure. The puma was tracked every 1–3 days from an ultra-light aircraft between February 2011 and April 2012.

    (Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)

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