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How Is Urbanization Affecting Mountain Lions?


Aired 7/13/10

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

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Cayotay | July 13, 2010 at 1:45 p.m. ― 6 years, 8 months ago

How will a 120 mi power transmission corridor effect our local deer & mtn lions, not to mention all of the smaller creatures and plants who have thrived in this area that has old growth chaparral, few roads and minimal human impact, especially now that so much of our county is burned and the wildlfe that survived are even more dependent on what little land we have left for them?
Doesn't the area that the sunrise powerlink is traversing have value as an important wildlife corridor?

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