How Is Urbanization Affecting Mountain Lions?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Researchers from the University of California Davis's Wildlife Health Center have been working to monitor mountain lions as they navigate a southern California landscape increasingly fragmented by roads, housing developments and the border. As the Puma Project enters its second decade, new data is revealing the challenges facing wildlife in the region.
San Diego is a wildlife researcher's paradise. We have an abundance of different kinds of native species in our county, the most of any county in the U.S. But we are also a test case in how we are handling that diversity and our grades are mixed. One of the most interesting examples of the challenge of wildlife in a growing urban area, can be found in San Diego's mountain lion population. We’ll be talking about mountain lions and other species being tracked in our county.
Dr. Winston Vickers, associate veterinarian at the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and staff veterinarian for the Institute for Wildlife Studies
Barry Martin, founder of the San Diego Tracking Team