Uncollared Mountain Lion spotted in the Hollywood Hills

The Los Angeles Times reports an uncollared mountain lion was caught on camera roaming the Hollywood Hills just after midnight recently; the first official evidence of a cougar inhabiting a specially preserved parcel of land in Laurel Canyon, wildlife advocates say. “Neighbors have constantly told us of their own sightings and their own experiences with … Continue reading Uncollared Mountain Lion spotted in the Hollywood Hills

Mountain lion kittens perish after abandonment

The Los Angeles Times reported last Wednesday that wildlife officials announced two small mountain lion kittens abandoned by their mother in the Santa Monica Mountains have died. Known as P-57 and P-58, the male and female kittens were likely their mother’s first litter, according to Kate Kuykendall, acting deputy superintendent for the Santa Monica Mountains … Continue reading Mountain lion kittens perish after abandonment

Four-week-old female mountain lion kitten discovered in Santa Monica Mountains

Researchers with the National Park Service and biologists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found the young animal at a den site. Her mother is P-23 a popular mountain lion and researchers suspect the kitten’s father may be P-23’s half-brother, P-30. The two animals were documented traveling together for three days, and three … Continue reading Four-week-old female mountain lion kitten discovered in Santa Monica Mountains

Mountain Lion kitten killed on the 118 Freeway

On January 5, 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported a fluffy, blue-eyed mountain lion known as P-52 was recently struck and killed by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway—the same freeway where his mother was killed last month. The 7-month-old kitten died a few miles away from where his mother, P-39, was hit and killed … Continue reading Mountain Lion kitten killed on the 118 Freeway

California mountain lions trying to survive in fragmented wilderness, hemmed in by major highways and urban sprawl

A mountain lion that was part of a National Park Service wildlife study was struck and killed this month on a Los Angeles-area freeway, an all-too-common fate for the big cats living in an increasingly urbanized environment. Last week biologists confirmed the dead cougar was P-39, an adult female with three 6-month-old kittens, the National … Continue reading California mountain lions trying to survive in fragmented wilderness, hemmed in by major highways and urban sprawl

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 18 December 2016

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 18 December 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 18 December 2016

Feral felines fenced from touring world’s largest volcano

If you travel to Hawaii’s Big Island, you are welcome to visit Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world; cats, however, are not— a point now being enforced by a new 5-mile-long fence constructed for the sole purpose of keeping felines away. Mauna Loa’s lava-covered slopes make for some seriously forbidding landscape, but that … Continue reading Feral felines fenced from touring world’s largest volcano

Killing predators does not save livestock

Predator control should not be a shot in the dark, the title of a new study by Adrian Treves and colleagues in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment recommending policy makers suspend predator control efforts that lack evidence for functional effectiveness and that scientists focus on stringent standards of evidence in tests of predator control. … Continue reading Killing predators does not save livestock

Los Angeles’ female mountain lions on the hunt in urban areas

A new study: Individual and Population Level Resource Selection Patterns of Mountain Lions Preying on Mule Deer along an Urban-Wildland Gradient, published in the journal PLOS One, indicates that mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are hunting their favorite prey: mule deer in the surrounding urban areas. The data in the … Continue reading Los Angeles’ female mountain lions on the hunt in urban areas