This morning I joined National Wildlife Federation CEO Collin O'Mara, California State Senator Fran Pavley, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Superintendent David Szymanski, and a healthy-sized crowd to show support for creating the largest wildlife crossing in the world. A crossing at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills, one of the last undeveloped areas over highway 101, would link protected habitat on both sides of the freeway to give pumas, deer, bobcats and other wildlife a safe crossing. The 'Save L.A. Cougars' campaign kick off was a hit with the school kids, gotta love Ranger Rick and his Go Mama Puma guitar strummin' pal:
With the right momentum, the project will be shovel-ready by 2018.
AND http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Urban-Cougars-Face-Food--Breeding-Challenges/275854031 AND http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Rally-Set-to-Protect-SoCal-Mountain-Lions/275734381 The campaign even has a poster "child", a mountain lion known as P-22, the 22nd mountain lion the Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service biologists have captured. Crossing two L.A. freeways to find his own turf, P-22 has become a living ambassador for Griffith Park wildlife and urban mountain lions, a symbol of this nationwide issue.