Max Allen

The acquisition of apex carnivore scent by a subordinate carnivore

Above: A puma pausing in the wildlands of California (Photo courtesy of Jason Klassi/ExpeditionEarth.org)   Apex carnivores are well known for their effects on ecosystems, which include keeping prey populations balanced and limiting the spread of disease. Another ...

Exploring the use of five types of puma vocalizations

Above: A male puma growling (photo by Max Allen)   Communication is an important component of animal behavior, but is difficult to study in the wild. This is especially true for cryptic wildlife species, such as carnivores, that are difficult ...

A New Milestone for the Urban Caracal Project

The Urban Caracal Project on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa recently captured and GPS-collared its 25th caracal in its quest to understand how these mid-sized African carnivores make their living in urban environments. The newest caracal was a male ...

Courtship in pumas: videos reveal cryptic behaviors

Pumas are cryptic carnivores that are among the most difficult animals to observe in the wild. Studying these cryptic animals is often challenging, and it is especially hard to study courtship between males and females. One aspect of my research ...

Pumas on the Edge: The Effects of Human Activity and Development

I currently work on the Santa Cruz Puma Project in California, studying pumas that live in the highly fragmented and human-dominated Santa Cruz Mountains. Pumas who live here must navigate through a landscape that is a mosaic of different levels ...