While it’s extremely unlikely to encounter a mountain lion, it can happen — like Thursday, when a big cat was trapped in Branciforte Creek in Santa Cruz.First, if you see a mountain lion, make sure it’s really a mountain lion. This story highlights the differences between mountain lions and bobcats, which are frequently incorrectly reported as mountain lions. Read full report.
The waning gibbous moon looked like a bright thumbprint stamped on the morning sky as I walked along a frosty stretch of trail in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, in the hills just north of Livermore. Veteran East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist Cat Taylor had agreed to help me learn to identify tracks and signs left by wildlife. We were going to look for the prints, scat, and other markings of creatures who generally keep out of sight — gray fox, bobcats, and wood rats, to name a few. Read full report.
Grasping a slender orange paintbrush, 10-year-old Ellie Novick of Kentfield swooped the brush in a semicircle to complete her painting of a sea snail in a mural depicting life under the sea created as part of Earth Day Marin on Sunday. "It's important to make sure the creatures under the sea can continue to live," said Ellie. She was one of an estimated 3,000 people who painted, sang, danced, wrote, listened and learned during the daylong event at Redwood High School in Larkspur. Read full report.
Mountain lions aren't as prevalent as you might suspect in Marin. Patch has highlighted the differences between a lion and a bobcat, which is much more common to see in Marin. While there have been multiple possible mountain lion sightings recently in San Anselmo and Fairfax, the likelihood that any of those reported sightings were of an actual lion is very, very slim, according to local wildlife officials... Read full article
Organization Releases Never-Before Seen Footage of Mountain Lions... Watch the interview
Imagine you’re a bobcat resting on a warm rock when suddenly you hear voices, then spy a horde of humans heading your way. You might bolt toward a steep, rocky ledge to monitor the intruders from a safe distance, or slink into the nearest thicket to hide from prying eyes... Read full article
Pacifica Currents host Steve Johnson interviews guest Zara McDonald about mountain lion conservation (episode #229). Zara is Executive Director of Felidae Conservation Fund, helping to protect the world's 37 felidae species and their habitats through a combination of pioneering research, compelling education and state-of-the-art technology... Watch the episode
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Just the thought of coming face-to-face with a real, live mountain lion is enough to raise the pulse and blood pressure of most people, and in fact, more people have been spotting them on the eastern slopes of Sonoma Mountain. They have popped up in such unlikely places as downtown Berkeley this spring, and few people haven’t heard of some neighbor or friend of a friend who’s had an encounter with California’s top predator... Read full article
One of the Bay Area’s native animals, the mountain lion, goes by many names: puma, panther, cougar, catamount, painter. One of the most apt, perhaps, is “ghost cat,” earned for the animal’s skill at staying out of human sight... Read full article
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