Biological Technician, High Lonesome Ranch
Snowmass Falls Ranch, CO
Soon after arriving at the picturesque Snowmass Falls Ranch, we were visited by Neal Wight – a surprise guest who was wrangled into joining us by Randy Udall. Randy ran in to Neal at a nearby trailhead where Neal had just come down from bow-hunting elk. He is currently working as a biological technician on a mountain lion research project near Grand Junction, Colorado. Over lunch, he explained the excitement and challenges of chasing oversized cats through the rugged terrain of Western Colorado. After collaring 13 cats, Neal’s research group has been tracking their behavior and travel patterns through GPS monitoring and venturing out to inspect elk, porcupine, and coyote kills. Neal left us with an impressive demonstration of his bow skills, nailing a target from 30 yards.
By Grayson Carlile