Photographer Paul Gains relays his experience of tracking pumas in Patagonia

Paul Gains
A female puma sprints after a herd of guanacos, oblivious to Paul’s presence. (Image credit: Paul Gains)

Patagonia had beckoned me for some time and the opportunity to see pumas in the wild had slowly become an overbearing obsession. Yes, ‘puma concolor’ reside in Canada too – they are called cougars – but in the sparsely populated areas of southern Chile, where there are no grizzly bears or wolves to compete with, they are certainly the apex predator. 

So in December I flew to Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in Chile, and embarked on my mission. The trip yielded pleasing images of pumas and some of the species they share this harsh but beautiful landscape with, including Andean condors, Patagonian grey foxes and guanacos. It was another step in what I see as my evolution. 

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