Category: Cougars

LA Times | As Southern California cougars near ‘extinction vortex,’ a radical rescue plan emerges
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LA Times | As Southern California cougars near ‘extinction vortex,’ a radical rescue plan emerges

The future is looking increasingly bleak for some Southern California mountain lions. Urban encroachment, inbreeding, vehicle strikes, rat poison and wildfire have all taken their toll on cougars living in the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains. Now, research published Wednesday suggests there’s an almost one-in-four chance the charismatic cats could become extinct in those...

NBC Los Angeles | Retracing the Steps of a Mountain Lion
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NBC Los Angeles | Retracing the Steps of a Mountain Lion

Beth Pratt is working with government officials, industry, and the local community to fundraise for a bridge that might save LA’s mountain lions from the grim future predicted for them: extinction within 50 years. Aliya Jasmine accompanies Pratt on a 5 day 50 mile hike to retrace the steps of P-22. CLICK HERE TO READ...

KCET | A Tale of Two Lions: P-41 & P-22 Underscore Challenges
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KCET | A Tale of Two Lions: P-41 & P-22 Underscore Challenges

By now you’re no doubt familiar with the life story of P-22, the Hollywood mountain lion who’s made a home for himself in Griffith Park. After being born somewhere in the Santa Monica Mountains, the young prince – his father was P-1, the first king of the Santa Monicas – spent his earliest years learning...

SGV Tribune | Naturalist finds lions in LA city parks
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SGV Tribune | Naturalist finds lions in LA city parks

As a kid, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom watched nature shows like “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” and tasted the salt spray off Cape Cod with her father at the helm of their skiff. So when she came to California to fulfill her dream as a naturalist, she went straight to Yosemite National Park to see bears. And to the...

KCET | Shooting L.A.’s Mountain Lions Won’t Protect Livestock. Being More Responsible Will.
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KCET | Shooting L.A.’s Mountain Lions Won’t Protect Livestock. Being More Responsible Will.

Photo Credit: National Park Service [Editor’s note: This commentary is prompted by a rancher’s move to kill one of the Santa Monica Mountains’ beleaguered mountain lions after one or more of those lions killed ten alpacas and a goat. As we published this piece, the owner of the unfortunate livestock was reportedly negotiating an alternative,...

The New Yorker | Lions of Los Angeles
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The New Yorker | Lions of Los Angeles

Photo Credit: National Park Service It was drizzling and gray, late fall, on the old Rickards Movie Ranch, high in the Santa Monica Mountains, in rural, red-state western Malibu. Bleached skulls were tacked to the outside wall of a stage-set saloon; rusting wagon wheels leaned at angles. A hand-painted sign announced a “Public Hanging, 5PM.”...

VIDEO | P-22 Makes His Movie Debut!
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VIDEO | P-22 Makes His Movie Debut!

The Cat That Changed America, directed and produced by Tony Lee, is making its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival! The film tells the story of P-22–and the quest to build the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon–and has a cast that includes many #SaveLACougars team members! Showtimes, followed by a Q&A, are as...