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Talk on Mountain Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains
November 19, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
REI Oxnard is hosting an informative talk on local mountain lions and why the Santa Monica Mountains are such a difficult environment for them. Art Eck from the Santa Monica Mountains Fund will explain how this land is home to around 15 mountain lions (also known as pumas or cougars). He will talk about the famous P-22 who lives a solo life in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
As a young male he had to leave the wider expanses of the Santa Monica Mountains to claim a home of his own. He crossed two of the world’s busiest roads including the 10-lane Hollywood freeway to reach his own territory where he is now thriving undisturbed by other pumas, living off the plentiful supply of deer in Griffith Park.
So if you want to find out more about mountain lions and why they need to get away from the Santa Monica Mountains come to the talk on November 19 by Arthur Eck, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, the non-profit supporting the agencies working in the mountains. As a former superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Mr. Eck has an in depth understanding of the problems faced by these extraordinary animals and their struggle to survive in such close proximity to the dense urbanized environment in Ventura and LA counties. He will talk about the dangers of surrounding freeways and why a wildlife crossing over the 101 freeway is being proposed. P22’s local ambassador will join Mr Eck at the event, so you can take a selfie with him!