An otherwise banal radio station newsfeed notes that a mountain lion (who had a tracking device) traveled 558 miles from Tamaya, New Mexico to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado over the course of five months that included some break time.
Squeaks, the “sub-adult” male mountain lion outfitted with a GPS tracker decided to leave New Mexico and head to a new home in Colorado, hitting almost 3,000 destinations on the way.Squeaks started in Tamaya in New Mexico and headed to the Florida River in Durango, stopping to enjoy before moving on. He faced challenges like HW550, large agricultural fields and low density areas, but finally was spotted in Marcos, Colorado in late September.After his long journey of over 500 miles, Squeaks has now settled in Mesa Verde National Park…for now.
It is a good context in which to put migrations of pre-modern human hunter-gatherers and herders who were similar in size, in lethality, and in their place in the food pyramid.
Realistic models of pre-modern, pre-horseback migrations over land do not have to limit themselves to distances of a few miles per year.