Learn about Mountain Lions with the Sierra Club

September 26, 2013

In more cougar news…

The Santa Cruz group of the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club is presenting a talk about mountain lions tonight at the Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 7th Ave.

The talk is titled ” mountain lions, habitat fragmentation and us” and begins at 7 p.m. with refreshments/socializing at 6:30 p.m. It’s free but donations are accepted/appreciated.

“Chris Wilmers, the founder and lead researcher for the Santa Cruz Puma Project will give a slide show presentation demonstrating how this group tracks mountain lions as part of its research on how roads and development “fragment” animal habitat.
Since the project began in 2008, 39 mountain lions have been fitted with specially designed high-tech GPS collars able to track and document their location, movements and activities. Human development is now the biggest threat to these cats, who need an up to 100-square-mile territory to hunt, breed and raise their young. “We need to understand what their habits are, or we’ll lose them completely,” says Wilmers. The group’s website contains a map of mountain lion travel routes in the Santa Cruz mountains, a place where they were thought to be extinct a few decades ago. Animal movement data has become one of the primary tools in managing and conserving wildlife.

Chris Wilmers, PhD is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UCSC who has written numerous articles for scientific journals and given many professional speeches on his research. He has also been the recipient of many awards and grants. “

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