A recent article in the Thousand Oaks Acorn, close to the site of the proposed wildlife crossing over the 101 at Liberty Canyon, suggests to “Move (mountain) lions, don’t build bridge”. It goes on to cite that the cost of the bridge, estimated at $88 million, would be put to better use feeding homeless and hungry kids in LA. It also proposes to move mountain lions as a cheaper and quicker solution to the problem that these endangered cats face in the wild.
It’s a common enough cited argument, but the reality of moving lions just doesn’t work. Moving a mountain lion into another area will probably mean moving it into another male’s territory – and these big cats will fight to the death over territory.
To hear the arguments further and the reasons for building the wildlife crossing, you can now watch The Cat That Changed America on Vimeo on Demand.
The Cat That Changed America in P22’s home town of Los Angeles! Read the true life story of this remarkable mountain lion who crossed two freeways to reach Griffith Park in the middle of LA which he made his home. The Barnes and Noble bookstore at the Grove has a great Animals and Books section along with a Science and Nature learning centre packed full of great books for kids.
You can order a copy of the book through your local Barnes and Noble or through this link:
There’s a great new article on the background of the Wildlife Crossing over the 101 with new interviews by Beth Pratt who is spearheading the Save LA Cougars campaign to build the crossing and Miguel Ordenana the wildlife biologist who discovered P22 in Griffith Park through one of his camera traps.
It’s World Book Day today! Celebrate by ordering and curling up with a good book in paperback or kindle. The Cat That Changed America is based on the true life story of P22 mountain lion and his incredible journey crossing two freeways to reach Griffith Park. We all have a favourite book which influenced us as children and inform the adults we are today. Our favourites were The Incredible Journey, Danny The Champion of the World, The Animals of Farthing Wood and The Velveteen Rabbit. What are yours?