Jun 032012
 

Continuing with some information on area mountain lions/cougars/pumas.

A neighbor pointed me at the following article in the local community newspaper, the Press Banner:

Press-Banner – Nature Friendly Trekking through mountains to save big cats

This article references the UC Santa Cruz Puma Project. They are putting GPS collars on mountain lions and tracking their movements through the area. Sadly, they cannot publish the data since some people will hunt the big cats.

People in this area might want to note the last paragraph in the article:

    [Two of the Puma Project members] will be taking their cages, collars and GPS equipment on a free walk along Loch Lomond on June 10, a Sunday. This walk is sponsored by an environmental grant from the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.

Google Map of Loch Lomond.

Jun 012012
 

I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Santa Cruz, CA and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result we occasionally see Cougars/Mountain Lions/Pumas wandering through the neighborhood. Here are a couple of links concerning living with them that may be of interest to some. In my opinion the take away from this is basic awareness and knowing how to behave if you ever encounter one.