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California Dreamland: Golden Gate Neighbors

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lllinois pic turns up in St. Lawrence County, NY, including photoshopped stickers of Long Lake & I Love NY. Meanwhile, incidental video from Hollywood. Millions of surveillance cams are now deployed, but no such cougar video has appeared in the East north of Florida.  

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P-22’s source colony west of Hollywood is a notoriously fragile one. Cut-off by highways and development to other cougars, fewer than a dozen cats hang on by a genetic thread in the Santa Monica Mountains. We often talk of how cougar populations require little management. In this case, they do, and the National Park Service […]

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Already providing the world’s toughest cougar protections, and understanding from long experience that cougars marooned in residential areas pose little public safety risk, California codifies protocols for handling cougars waylaid in developed areas. Contra Costa Times News

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Surrounded by several million people, the Santa Cruz Mountains along the Bay Area peninsula – an area about half the size of the 700,000 acre Catskill Park in southern New York State –¬†supports about 30 adult cougars and 40 kittens. The Santa Cruz’s largest protected area is the 18,000 acre Big Basin Redwood State Park. […]

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The Santa Ana Mountains of Southern California between LA and San Diego maintains a cougar population despite continued poaching, roadkills, fragmentation and habitat loss. One of the first urban cougar populations ever to be studied, twenty years later, Paul Beier’s Santa Ana cats are still holding their own. Orange County Register    

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Despite repeated claims by misinformed public wildlife servants in the East, cougars can and do coexist with us along the edges of western urban landscapes; have been for thirty years in California. This article from the Mountain Lion Foundation details both the conflicts and the solutions being developed for coexistence. The Mountain Lion Foundation by […]

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A certain camp among eastern game agency biologists and professionals argue that the eastern US is too densely populated to support cougars, that cougars require the most remote wilderness areas. They haven’t paid attention to the Santa Monica Mountains of west Los Angeles, which supports about a dozen cougars. Griffith Park east of the Santa […]

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