In short, yes. And, maybe, no. Tasers can be an effective method of non-lethal defense against cougars, ignoring other vital factors. But we’ll get to that. Before you head into the backcountry packing high voltage, you’ll want to know a few things about America’s misunderstood lion. Read full report.
If the thought of mountain lions roaming near your neighborhood or hiking trail makes you afraid, don't be. Pumas are way more threatened by people than the other way around, says Zara McDonald, who's on a mission to reduce paranoia and increase appreciation for the predator cat. Read full report.
The Bay Area’s Oakland Zoo is proud to announce that Quarters for Conservation, a program to promote wildlife conservation efforts, has raised more than one hundred thousand dollars. Three of the Zoo’s conservation partners, ARCAS Animal Rescue in Guatemala, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, and the Bay Area Puma Project are the main beneficiaries of the proceeds, which were collected from each Zoo admission fee. The remaining funds will support Oakland Zoo’s other conservation partnerships and efforts. Read full report.
Wildlife biologists have embarked on an ambitious 10-year project to track mountain lions in the East Bay. Da Lin reports. Watch the report.
All films screened at the Fox Theater, 2001 H St; see accompanying box for ticket prices, other information. 9:05 a.m., "Right Now: Living with Mountain Lions" (music video): Designed as a wakeup call to spotlight public apathy towards mountain lions. Read full report.
The Mill Valley and Sausalito-based Felidae Conservation Fund, a nonprofit that spearheads research and outreach to improve wild cat ecosystems around the world, recently captured this video of a bobcat kitten in Marin. Read full report.
It was around 3 a.m. on Sept. 18 when strange noises roused residents of Audiffred Lane in Woodside, a small cul-de-sac off Miramontes Road a few blocks from Woodside Elementary. Read full report.
Scientists are learning more about the movements of local mountain lions to understand how we can better share our California habitats. Watch the video.
As someone who avidly follows California wildlife issues, a tweet grabbed my attention one morning last month. I immediately retweeted and started following the story, both with a sense of amazement over a wild cat in Surf City, and a sense of dread as urban encounters with mountain lions don’t usually have a happy ending. Read full report.
As of Tuesday, there was a proposal to change how Bay Area wildlife officials treat mountain lions after they wander out of the wild that would mean capturing the animals instead of killing them. Watch full report.
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