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Cheryl Gray

Shooting L.A.'s Mountain Lions Won't Protect Livestock. Being More Responsible Will.

December 1, 2016

Biologist Alessandra Soresina spent much of the late 1990s and early 2000s driving around looking for big cats. She knew the local feline population well enough that eventually she'd amassed massive files on each individual. She knew their movements, she knew which cats were friends with which other cats, and she'd even made some guesses as to the structure of their family trees. But sometimes after seeing an individual two or three times in a year, they'd disappear. Entire social groups would collapse. Read full report.

Save P-45 - LA Times Editorial

November 30, 3016

P-45’s days may be numbered. The 5-year-old mountain lion has managed to cross busy roads safely, has avoided ingesting a lethal dose of rat poison and has successfully claimed his territory from his fellow cougars — all challenges that have stymied other members of the mountain lion population in the Santa Monica Mountains. His fatal mistake, however, was doing what mountain lions naturally do so well: killing and eating prey. Read full report.

Missing lynx no more: Researchers learn of Yukon animals' epic journey

November 20, 2016

Alysson Menzies and Emily Studd, two researchers from McGill University, are a bit sad about Trump. He met his demise in a coyote snare. Trump is a lynx, and one of a few that Menzies and Studd managed to fit with GPS tracking collars last winter in Yukon. The collar allowed the researchers to track the animals' movements and behaviours. Read full report.

How does a cougar end up on Vashon Island?

November 25, 2016

At first glance, it looks like just another sad missing pet sign, tacked beside the front-porch entrance to the Coffee Roasterie on Vashon Island. It’s not. It says, “found cat,” and when you look closer, you see a photograph of the feline in question: tawny coat, long tail, upright ears. It’s a cougar. Read full report.

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