Category: Cougars

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...

DW | LA Lions to Roam Over Freeway
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DW | LA Lions to Roam Over Freeway

Photo Credit: National Park Service Planning has started on the largest wildlife crossing in the world. The privately-funded bridge would allow the endangered Santa Monica mountain lion and other species to dodge safely the insanity of LA traffic. The Ventura Freeway, known to locals as the 101, is a relentlessly busy east-west road that carries...

P-45 spared! But threats remain…
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P-45 spared! But threats remain…

We made a difference! Last week, the community worked together and helped build a low-cost, effective livestock enclosure for the local rancher whose alpaca were likely killed by P-45 as an alternative to acting on the depredation permit, which ended the imminent threat to P-45’s life. As one of the few males in the region,...

Another Mountain Lion Lost to the roads: RIP P-39
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Another Mountain Lion Lost to the roads: RIP P-39

P-39 roamed the Santa Susana Mountains, and had given birth to her second known litter of kittens this spring, with the presumed father being P-38. But her life tragically ended recently when she was struck by a car on the 118. “Navigating our complex road network is a major challenge for mountain lions in this region,”...

Thanks to all who Celebrated P-22 Day!
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Thanks to all who Celebrated P-22 Day!

NWF’s first P-22 Day and Urban Wildlife Week was a huge success! The vibrancy of this initiative is due to our community of partners who have contributed in so many ways. It takes a village—and we have an incredible one. The Los Angeles City Council officially declared October 22 as P-22 Day thanks to Councilmembers...

SCPR | Can Following a Famous Cougar’s Journey Help Save Urban Wildlife?
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SCPR | Can Following a Famous Cougar’s Journey Help Save Urban Wildlife?

Photo Credit: Steve Winter – National Geographic This week, the most prominent local mammal wearing a radio tracking collar isn’t P-22, Southern California’s most famous mountain lion, it’s Beth Pratt-Bergstrom. The California director of the National Wildlife Federation is participating in a three-and-a-half day, 50-mile hike that follows the cougar’s journey from the Santa Monica Mountains to Griffith Park....

Tragic Fate for One of P-39’s Kittens
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Tragic Fate for One of P-39’s Kittens

This isn’t the news we had hoped for when one of P-39’s kittens was finally located, but yesterday the National Park Service reported that California Fish & Wildlife had found the remains of P-52 after the animal had been recently struck and killed by a car on the 118 Freeway. This is the 14th known...

Men’s Journal | A Lion Among Men: How One Emboldened and Endangered Mountain Lion Took Los Angeles By Storm
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Men’s Journal | A Lion Among Men: How One Emboldened and Endangered Mountain Lion Took Los Angeles By Storm

Photo Credit: Steve Winter – National Geographic Her killer walked right in. It was March 3, 2016, a cool spring morning, when Killarney, the oldest of the Los Angeles Zoo’s 11 koalas, was discovered missing. A search party quickly fanned out, hoping for the best. The 14-year-old koala was known for wandering her enclosure at...