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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 Wall Street Journal | Wildlife Crossings Get a Whole New Look
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The Wall Street Journal | Wildlife Crossings Get a Whole New Look

Photo Credit: Jeff Burrell – Wildlife Conservation Society Why did the black bear cross the road? Actually, it didn’t—because it didn’t have to. A motion-activated camera shows that the bear in question took an overpass—essentially a large, camouflaged arch—that gracefully carves over U.S. Highway 93 in Montana, just north of the town of Evaro at the...