Why we need to build wildlife bridges (and not move mountain lions)

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.

#cats #debate #wildlife #crossing #wildlifecrossing #nature #bigcats #california #thousandoaks #libertycanyon #agourahills #animals #conservation

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