The appearance of a puma on a drifting iceberg in Lake Argentino, within Los Glaciares National Park, surprised the tourists who captured that moment with their cameras. Although most were scared by the health of the animal, the story ended with good news and without the intervention of the National Parks staff.
Although many people demanded that the cougar be rescued and questioned that National Parks did not do it – the park rangers explained that the animal is adapted to such situations and did not need human help-, the story ended with a happy ending.
A team of park rangers from the Patagonian protected area traveled in a boat to the Lake Argentino area where the feline had been sighted mounted on an ice floe.
“After traveling the area for long hours, raking icebergs, lake and coasts, its presence was not detected, being able to infer that the animal left by its own means “, reported the Municipality of Los Glaciares National Park.
Likewise, personnel from the Argentine Naval Prefecture monitored the area, although they could not see the puma either. “In any case, Park personnel will continue to monitor the situation in order to evaluate measures to be implemented if necessary,” the official statement added.
In this sense, the Patagonian National Park reiterated that the puma is a wild animal, adapted to the climatic conditions of the region, a good swimmer and does not need human assistance for their survival.
The puma (Puma concolor) is one of the largest felines in the country and has a wide geographical distribution, since it can be registered throughout the entire mountain range, but also in the mountainous area of central Argentina and the Coast.
Los Glaciares National Park, which protects 731,932 hectares of steppe and Patagonian forests, It is the protected area with the highest sighting of pumas, According to data from the Biodiversity Information System of the National Parks Administration (SIB): last year 333 sightings of this feline were recorded in the Santa Cruz area.