In late January, we had the opportunity to trek wild puma on a private estancia abutting Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We were guided by a terrific photographer, Chilean Rodrigo Maragaz ( Rodrigo Maragaz). Over two days, we were fortunate enough to spend time with six individual cats, three female adults and three kittens. Day one we walked with mama cat Sol and her kitten for much of the morning. In the afternoon, we met female Ginger by herself.
Overnight, Sol killed a Guanaco, the lama-like camel relative native to the area. So on day two, we sat on the kill as a gorgeous cat, Pataka, her two grey kittens, and Sol and her kitten each came to feed on the kill, to rest and to groom one another.