A new research study conducted by both Colorado State University and Colorado Parks and Wildlife found that big cats are less fearful of humans when they get hungry. This important research may explain why mountain lions are increasingly hunting around human areas.

Researchers equipped GPS trackers onto a number of wild mountain lions and tracked their behaviors across the state. These tracking devices were attached to the cats as collars, and they provided researchers with important data like the cat’s location and acceleration speed. In addition, these bio-collars relayed information regarding the dates and times of the predator’s last meal.

The study showed revealed that big cats showed little to no avoidance of human populated areas when they hadn’t eaten in around four to seven days. Typically, mountain lions fear humans and prior studies indicated that they actually avoided people. But it seems to not necessarily be the case when they are hungry. These animals appear to make riskier decision and engage in more perilous behaviors when they haven’t eaten for awhile.

The research team further documented that the cats would go longer periods without eating from winter to late spring.

Female mountain lions were less likely to avoid housing areas. While the study found that prey was more likely to be encountered away from houses, mountain lions were more successful at catching and killing prey closer to housing units.

These unsettling findings prove that a big cat’s hunger is crucial in its decision-making process, and these dangerous animals are more likely to hunt near houses when hunger strikes. Homeowners are advised to keep their pets indoors when they aren’t being supervised because mountain lions will consider their pets prey.

GPS tracking confirms that these large predators are not as timid as previously believed. Prior to these findings, it was generally believed that mountain lions and other big cats intentionally avoided humans out of fear.

With spring here, it’s important to avoid contact with these mountain lions and keep your pets safe. Colorado’s increasing human and mountain lion populations make these types of interactions more and more frequent.


Awning installation companies have big jobs to manage. Many of them during an afternoon, or even part of one. If you’re operating a fleet of awning installers or only have one or two trucks on the road handling installation responsibilities, you are sure to love the many benefits GPS fleet tracking for awning installation companies provides, like those listed below.

Provides Highly Accurate Appointment Windows

There are few things awning customers dislike more than waiting around for your team to show up only to find out they aren’t coming that day or will be an hour or two behind their appointed hours. Most customers are excited about what their new awnings will do to the look or feel of their homes and windows and do not appreciate unexpected delays. GPS tracking can help you provide very accurate appointment windows, keeping your customers happy and your installation drivers on schedule.

Navigate Seamlessly through Traffic Delays

Businesses like yours remain vulnerable to traffic delays. There are some occasions when traffic slows to a crawl and Interstates become parking lots. Your GPS tracking system can help your drivers navigate around these traffic incidents, so you can keep to your schedule and make your awning installation appointments on time, every time.

More importantly, if there are some traffic jams you cannot navigate away from, your GPS tracking system can be used to automatically notify your next appointment, so they aren’t left waiting without knowing what’s going on.

Keep Drivers on Task and on Target

Drivers can sometimes take advantage of their time away from the office and out of sight. This is much more difficult when you utilize GPS tracking features to send text or email alerts whenever your drivers deviate from their prescribed routes, take too long on an awning installation, or exhibit erratic behavior behind the wheel.

Reduce Operating Costs

Running an awning installation company is not a cheap endeavor. Your operating expenses take a big bite out of your profits each year. GPS fleet tracking can be instrumental in reducing many of those expenses, allowing you to earn bigger profits. Some of the key expenses GPS tracking can curtail include:

  • Labor costs.
  • Fuel costs.
  • Insurance costs.
  • Repairs (related to poor maintenance).
  • Costs related to driving back and forth for tools, equipment, and supplies.

Now that you know the many benefits GPS tracking has in store for your awning installation business, the main thing you need to know is when you’re going to begin enjoying those benefits for your business.

Do you own or manage an awning installation company? If so, contact us here at LiveViewGPS to see how GPS fleet tracking may help reduce your operating costs while improving your business efficiency. Complete our Contact Form here or call us at 1-888-544-0494.

As businesses look to the future and plan for the remainder of 2018, one of the things many fleets are focusing on is reducing costs. Depending on the size of your fleet, the materials you handle, and the risks your drivers represent, that can be a huge expense for your business.

What you may not know is the GPS fleet tracking can help you cut your business insurance costs substantially. These are just a few of the ways it can help.

Upfront Discount for GPS Tracking

According to Automotive Digest, some insurance carriers offer up to a 15 percent discount, off the top for fleets the implement GPS fleet tracking. Insurance is a business of risks. GPS tracking shows them that you are acting in a manner that reduces those risks. They reward you by offering a substantial discount.

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