WHO WE ARE
We all know LA traffic is a nightmare, but not only for humans. Our traffic is killing precious wildlife. Mountain lions living near Los Angeles are facing extinction and being killed attempting to cross the freeways. The National Park Service (NPS) reports that since 2002, they have studied over 60 mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains area and have found one main issue: their homes have been cut off. Busy Freeways and urban development throughout Los Angeles has created a population of lions with the lowest genetic diversity measured anywhere in the entire U.S. outside of Florida panthers. These roads have killed 17 lions since the study began.
The only thing that can have these big cats is the ability to move between regions. With multiple large freeways surronding the lions, the National Wildlife Federation partnered with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and large community of supporters to create the #SaveLACougars campaign. This campaign focuses on building something really cool: a wildlife crossing over the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon, for animals to use and safely cross above 10 lanes of LA traffic. With your help, we’re going to re-connect a precious ecosystem.
A QUOTE FROM P-22
“TBH, BETH AND THE NWF ARE MY ONLY HOPE AT SURVIVAL. JOIN THEM IN KEEPING ME AND MY FAMILY FROM BECOMING EXTINCT. ”
It takes a village to save our local cougars—and to build potentially the largest wildlife crossing in the world! The wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon is a public/private partnership. The core project team, which meets regularly to discuss the planning, design and engineering, along with the fundraising and educational activities, includes representatives from local, state, and national agencies and organizations—Caltrans, the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory, the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority, the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, City of Agoura Hills, and the National Wildlife Federation—along with local and state elected officials.
The #SaveLACougars campaign, dedicated to raising funds to support the effort, along with conducting the educational activities and public engagement around the project, was founded by a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation and the Santa Monica Mountains Fund.
FOR THE KIDS
Bring the amazing story of P-22 and the mountain lions of Los Angeles to your school! Presentations are available for all age groups. Students will learn about the incredible journey of P-22, some of the National Park Service and other scientists studying these mountain lions, along with secrets and surprising facts about North America’s magnificent wild cat, now struggling to survive in our local mountains — and what we are doing to help.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION’S
CALIFORNIA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation’s California Regional Executive Director, leads the #SaveLACougars campaign, and has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. From working with wolves to bears, she says “nothing has inspired me more than helping to build this landmark crossing outside of Los Angeles to help save this urban population of mountain lions”.
She is also the author of the book, “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California” and featured the story of P-22 in her TEDx talk, “How a Lonely Cougar in Los Angeles Inspired the World”.