Big Cats in the City: Santa Monica Mountain Lions

The Jaguar recently posted about the mountain lions found in the foothills of Los Angeles. Los Angeles is “one of only two megacities to host a population of big cats: the other being Mumbai with leopards.”

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‘This uncollared adult female mountain lion is “cheek-rubbing,” leaving her scent on a log. A few days later, P-41 (the adult male) came by and took notice. Taken in the Verdugo Mountains with Glendale and the skyscrapers of downtown L.A. in the background.’ National Park Service

I, myself, remember sitting in class a few months ago when my mammalogy prof mentioned a unique paper he had peer-reviewed in the ’80s about the large and largely hidden population of mountain lions in the San Bernardino mountains. To see one, apparently, is quite the omen. I thought it as fascinating then as I find it now. Not to mention, the above image captured by the National Park Service is stunning.
Read more here.
via Synopsis of Big Cats in the City: WildFutures Webinar about Los Angeles Mountain Lions

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