MPG Mountain Lion IC Challenge: Grades 9-12
MPG Ranch is home to many different types of wildlife including larger wildlife like elk, deer, bear, wolves and mountain lion. MPG Ranch employs researchers like Joshua Lisbon who has been studying mountain lions for the past three years. Other scientists study birds, fish, soil, forests and grassland. Together they are determining how all elements of this ecosystem work together on the Ranch.
You and your team will analyze the data provided from the Ranch scientists and from Joshua to determine how environmental conditions, including human interaction, impact the family groups on the Ranch. You will develop Phase I of a multi-year management plan by creating range maps for known MPG Ranch mountain lions and a narrative describing carrying capacity of mountain lions on the ranch and the elements of sustainable population management for the family groups.