Several organizations throughout California are working hard to determine current threats to mountain lions and how populations can be preserved across the state; it takes a village to conserve wildlife so what can you do to help?
Mountain lions are learning to adapt to our increasing presence in nature, which sometimes results in the depredation of domestic animals, and a grim ending for both parties.
At the top of the food chain, mountain lions help establish a stable ecosystem which creates a trickle-down effect; their prey can also affect them by exposing them to pathogens and toxins.
Migration plays a significant role in mountain lions' survival as it helps mix genetics throughout California, making the species stronger as a whole.
"California provides mountain lions a wide range of habitats and as an extremely adaptable species, they can live anywhere there is adequate recourses."
California Mountain Lions is an 8-episode mini web series illustrating the nature of mountain lions in California. Episode 3 is about the circle of life.
Episode 2 takes an in depth look and current research techniques and how they can help protect our mountain lions.
California Mountain Lions is an 8-episode mini web series illustrating the nature of mountain lions in California. Episode 1 is an introduction to the series.
We're sorry to share that the remains of lion P-55 have been found. At only three years old, he had already managed to cross the 101 Freeway twice....
P-56 is safer thanks to Sen. Henry Stern, T.O. Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña, - and most of all - the kind landowner who secured her livestock and saved a lion.
This magnificent mountain lion lives on the edge of civilization peacefully co-existing with people in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. May she always live wild and free.
Spend just eight minutes and learn little known facts about the fascinating mountain lion. Get a glimpse of how a mountain lion thinks, feels, and senses.
They are called pumas, cougars or mountain lions. But they are also being called neighbors by some residents of Los Angeles. Correspondent Bill Whitaker and Producer David Browning.
Learn about the management of mountain lions in North Dakota and ongoing (2016) research on this population from NDGFD Biologist Stephanie Tucker.
An employee of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources taped himself and a colleague as they struggled to free an adult mountain lion from a cruel bobcat trap.
Extraordinary footage captured with motion-triggered cameras from Panthera's Teton Cougar Project.
Emmy-nominated writer, wildlife enthusiast, and MLF member Jason Klassi captures a short video of a mountain lion on a trail camera.
A Santa statue meets a mountain lion and other curious wildlife on this creative trail camera footage.
A mountain lion who had lived in chains for two decades as part of a traveling circus was finally freed into a Peruvian forest.
A southern California mountain lion referred to by researchers as Jughead is captured on a trail camera the same night coyotes came through. 20 minutes of video has been cut down to this 4 minute clip. Happy new year!
Ranger Donna Krucki delighting the crowd under the oak trees at the Bugs N Butterflies Event with a Hawk Talk featuring Starr, a rescued Red-Tailed Hawk, on Sunday, June 6, 2010.
A mountain lion mother and her three cute juvenile cubs were recorded drinking water near a house in Carmel Valley, California. The homeowner, Kevin McMahan, leaves water outside for wildlife to drink around his property.
A 4-year-old mountain lion known as P-22 looked healthy and majestic just a few weeks ago when it was spotted in a SoCal neighborhood. But the big cat is now sick.
A clip from NatGeo's "Puma! Elusive Hunter of the Andes" special from 2012. See a young female mountain lion hunt on her own for the first time.
Jay Bruce, California's official mountain lion hunter from 1914 to 1942, in action in this rare footage from the 1920's. During his career he killed nearly 700 lions.
Restoration of the mountain lion diorama at the American Museum of Natural History included the addition of whiskers to the two large cats. Can you guess what material they used?
Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer discusses the markings on the paw of a sedated Mountain lion and how to identify lion vs canine tracks.
California Senator Jerry Hill, Half Moon Bay Mayor Rick Kowalczyk, the Mountain Lion Foundation, other wildlife groups, the press, and the community all gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the passage of Senate Bill 132.
A family has some unusual guests on their property in northern Washington: a mother mountain lion and her three cubs. A trail camera captures some great footage of the family as the four animals interact with each other. The mother lion has a rare encounter with Fish & Wildlife biologists.
ABC's Cornell Barnard covers the event Sunday in Half Moon Bay as the community celebrates the passage of Senate Bill 132, one year after two cubs were killed. And one month before the bill becomes law.
Wildlife advocates, a state senator and the mayor of Half Moon Bay gathered Sunday to celebrate a new law that protects mountain lions and cubs that wander into human territory but pose no imminent threat to human life. CBS news coverage.
The National Park Service says a mountain lion killed on the freeway in Agoura Hills could have brought invaluable new genetic material to an isolated population in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Three baby mountain lions rescued from the wilds of Oregon have been adopted by zoos in New York and Kansas, the Oregon Zoo said. The 7-week-old cougar siblings, all female, weigh about 8 pounds and are the size of house cats.
Mountain lions inhabit the canyons and forests of Grand Canyon National Park and are the region's only remaining large predator. In this Ranger Minute, Park Ranger Lori Rome shares some interesting facts.
One of the planet's most endangered mammal species, Florida panthers have tripled their population to about 100 individuals during the past decade, but in a limited habitat their future survival is still in doubt.
Using ATVs or buggies, dogs with tracking devices, short wave radio communication and determination, the Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC) Panther Project Team divides and sets out to catch and collar a Florida Panther. They monitor genetics and information from each panther's collar in order to ensure the species' continued recovery.
Senator Jerry Hill held a press conference today in San Mateo to announce his mountain lion public safety bill. This legislation (Senate Bill 132) will require the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to utilize nonlethal options when responding to mountain lion incidents when there is no imminent threat to human life.
A wild mountain lion cub, found orphaned in the woods near Springfield, Oregon, is given a second chance at life after being recovered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The two cougars (Puma concolor) at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Photography by Frank Blain. "My Favorite Ladies" at the park! I highlly recommend spending some time with these girls.
Having cameras at our cage-trapping sites have really helped us understand how animals react to being trapped. Here, we see 41M still engaging in playful activities with his sibling, indicating that he is not too bothered by his current situation. After all, he is in a nice location with a good chunk of deer meat all to himself!
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists release two endangered Florida panthers in 2013, a brother and sister that they rescued as kittens about one and a half years earlier, after their mother was found dead in 2011.
A female Florida panther makes a love connection in an amazing video that was recently released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Trail cameras set up at a private residence near Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in Collier County captured the rare glimpse of the panther calling out for a mate in the night.
A mountain lion that was in a tree in Morrison all day Friday has finally retreated back into the foothills, but earlier even some deer were not enough to lure the animal down. The mountain lion climbed up in the tree about 8 a.m. Wildlife experts wanted the animal to take off on its own. They didn't want to tranquilize him because he didn't do anything wrong.
Guy Gugliotta's misleading video that portrays recent confirmations of lion sightings in the East as proof of the species' recovery and inevitable conflict with people. It is these types of false, emotional overreactions that make protecting the lion all the more difficult.
A presentation at the August 2013 South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting in Watertown. It covers the current lion study, population estimates, history, etc. and the sport hunting season proposal. Inevitably, a quota of 100 lions or 70 females was approved.
Mountain lion research is uncovering interesting glimpses into the natural history of these magnificent predators in Arizona. Researcher Brian Jansen helps separate fact from fiction with this look at his research project.
The sounds of North America's biggest feline: the cougar. The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as the puma, mountain lion, panther, or catamount, is a large cat of the family Felidae native to the Americas.
In 2010, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission utilized scat detection dogs to gain a better understanding of mountain lion numbers in the northwest corner of the state.
A comprehensive look at the history of and recent times information on the mountain lion in Nebraska. This video was created prior to the 2013 decision to sport hunt mountain lions in Nebraska.
Each year the Conservation Department investigates hundreds of mountain-lion sighting reports. Yet, of the thousands of reports we have received since 1994, less than 1 percent have yielded enough physical evidence to clearly confirm the presence of a mountain lion.
Photographer Steve Winter sets up remote cameras, triggered by infrared, to photograph the elusive mountain lion known as P-22 in Los Angeles' Griffith Park.
Cougar/Mountain Lion/Panther/Puma/Grey Ghost, whatever these cats are known by, they are very unique animals. Watch the video to learn more about this cat and the problems it is facing in the wild. This video was created as part of MLF's Celebrating the American Lion Campaign.
Big Cat Rescue is home to over 130 big cats, this means that throughout the day visitors get to hear many different strange, funny or scary big cat sounds! Take a look at this video and listen to some of the sounds that big cats can make, from the cougar squeak to the lion's ROAR!
While trying to get some work done in home in Boulder, Colorado, Gail Loveman turned around to find Zeus (her Maine Coon cat) staring down a juvenile cougar through the sliding glass door. Zeus casually sat by the door watching as his larger cousin curiously pawed the glass and bounced around.
A mother Mountain Lion takes down a deer and drags it right behind my trail camera. Then twenty-four hours later, she leads her young one to the kill for an all night feast. This camera spot is proving to be pretty awesome lately. This is the second incident in five weeks of a lion dragging a deer to this area.
Long time cat lover, Roberta "Roby" Baer demonstrates how to paint a cougar with CarbOthello pastel pencils. Check out other segments from her Painting a Day series and commission pieces to watch her capture the magnificence and beauty of numerous wildlife species. Roby is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She makes it look so easy!
Presented by Washington State University professor of wildlife ecology and Large Carnivore Lab director Dr. Rob Wielgus at the 2012 International Conference of the Wildlife Society. This presentation offers 15 years of research in 15 minutes.
The project, by the Cougar Fund, set out to communicate the idea that fear of attack in relation to cougars/mountain lions was disproportional to the actual empirical data which maintains that such incidents are indeed extremely rare. Why not dream big instead of worry small?
For years, mountain lions have left evidence of their presence in Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Now it's official: Images captured by remote cameras confirm that the elusive cat is a frequent visitor to the scientific preserve in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of the main campus.
A female mountain lion monitored by the Santa Cruz Puma Project had three kittens. Researchers left a camera in her den in Nisene Marks State Park and recorded this great video of the kittens nursing. Visit santacruzpumas.org for more information and photos of this lion family.
Mountain lions are not all that different from the kitty cats that share our homes. FYI, this video is a bit graphic. Anyone who has ever owned as house cat will recognize what's about to happen as soon as they click "Play". For full effect, turn up the volume...
See the Cincinnati Zoo's mountain lions (also called cougars, panthers, and pumas) explore their enclosure. The new home includes a waterfall and pond with rocky ledges, as well as a nice grassy area to pounce and play. In the wild, this would be an ideal setup for a lion to lounge around and sneak up on deer.
Don Richardson, curator of CALM (California Living Museum) helps distract lion, Willow, while a keeper cleans the inside of the mountain lion enclosure. Just as house cats love chasing a broom, Willow can't resist swatting the brush. Check out the second clip to see more of lions Willow and Sage playing in their enclosure.
Spend just eight minutes and learn little known facts about the fascinating mountain lion. Get a glimpse of how a mountain lion thinks, feels, and senses. What makes the mountain lion so adaptable to a wide variety of habitats? How does their hunting differ from that of wolves and bears? What is their relationship to the ecosystem?
One minute is all it takes to understand why MLF fights to protect America's lion. The slaughter of this magnificent species is at an all-time high, with most being shot simply for the fun of the kill. But it doesn't have to be this way. Join the Mountain Lion Foundation today to stop the killing and help save America's lion for future generations.
This two-part video examines society's views of large predators in America. Once feared and pushed to the brink of extinction, bears, wolves and cougars are finally becoming more appreciated and protected. Today's generation has a greater understanding of natural ecosystems and realizes the importance of preserving keystone carnivores. Let's ensure the next generation inherits a world with lions.
To the Indians, they were Nashdoitsoh — the Spirit of the Mountains. Today, the mountain lion still lives in myth, legend, and imagination. This 1988 video (two years before the passage of California's Proposition 117 which banned the trophy hunting of lions in the state) discusses the myths and devastating history of lions in America. Special emphasis is given to the status of lions in California.