A Path for Mountain Lions
Hear from the scientists working to help save mountain lions in Southern California in the second episode of the Destination Nature podcast.
How far would you venture for a place to call home?
Follow along on a journey from the top of the Santa Ana Mountains to the sprawling urbanized valley below. In this second episode of Destination Nature hear from a research veterinarian, ecologist and urban planner on creating a path for the future of California’s mountain lions.
Learn More About:
· The threats to mountain lions in Southern California
· The importance of mountain lions to the ecosystem
· What TNC is doing to protect this species.
Capture and Release: A Visual Story
Understanding the lives of mountain lions is key to protecting this species. UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and TNC collar and track individual lions to gain insight into how they move across the landscape.
Researchers use camera traps to determine places mountain lions frequent then place roadkill deer in the back of a large trap. When the mountain lion walks into the trap to grab a snack the gate closes behind him.
The research team monitors the traps and immediately responds once a mountain lion has been captured. They sedate the mountain lion, take samples of blood, tissue, hair and whiskers then place a tracking collar before letting them go.
Photo Gallery: A Path for Mountain Lions
Special thanks to Dallas Audio Post for editing and sound design, Audio Raiders for sound production, UC Davis for use of sound recording and photos, and Denis Callet for the breeding call sound recording.
About Destination Nature
Destination Nature is a new podcast series from The Nature Conservancy that brings conservation stories to your computer. Three pilot episodes will launch in the summer of 2019. In each episode we explore a new project, talking with TNC staff and partners about our work in action.
Email our team to share your thoughts about the Destination Nature podcast or to suggest topics for future episodes at firstname.lastname@example.org.