SÍTIO DE NASCIMENTO DE Puma concolor (LINNAEUS, 1771) EM ÁREA DE SILVICULTURA NO ESTADO DO PARANÁ, BRASIL
Keywords:jaguar, Puma concolor, reproduction.
NATAL DEN OF Puma concolor (LINNAEUS, 1771) IN FORESTRY AREA IN THE PARANÁ STATE, BRAZIL
There is not much information about the reproductive aspects of Puma concolor in Brazil. In this work two natal dens were recorded for this species in a mosaic area composed of native forest (Araucaria moist forest), eucalyptus and pine plantations in the east-central region of Paraná state. On November 17th, 2004, two kittens with the estimated age of 20 days were found. The natal den was located among dense understory vegetation in a stand of Eucalyptus sp. Later, on November 29th, 2005, another natal den was found, with two kittens with an estimated age of 20 days. This natal den was located among dense understory vegetation in a stand of Pinus taeda, forming a circular den. In general, forested areas with eucalyptus and pine form a mosaic with native forest, and can provide a refuge as well as protection for fauna, promoting a favorable habitat for the birth of P. concolor.