A Web Mini-Series on Mountain Lions in California
Distributed by UC DAVIS’ KAREN C. DRAYER WILDLIFE HEALTH CENTER
A note from the filmmakers…
Why are mountain lions important? Why do we care? Well, as top predators, they are huge contributors to a stable ecosystem. But also, they are the spirits of the west, mysteries in the forest, and legends of California. Most native Californians have never seen a mountain lion because they are so elusive, and yet certain populations are at risk.
Specifically, populations in wild lands around Southern California. Highways and development have divided what natural habitat remains for lions, which is causing a chain reaction: migrating lions are getting hit by cars and lions that are stuck are inbreeding. With California mountain lions already genetically divided into 10 sub-populations by mostly man-made barriers, other sub-groups in the state may also be at risk in the future.
In this series, we illustrate how mountain lions struggle for survival, and viewers like you will learn the importance of these big cats and how you can help to protect them.
Your contribution will help complete the series and spread awareness about our legend of California.
Dr. T. Winston Vickers – Director and Lead Wildlife Veterinarian
Kate Remsen – Producer
New episodes Coming Soon!
Episode 7: Human Interaction
The mountain lion does not want to interact with humans but sometimes will be forced to through habitat reduction and roads; they are more scared of us than we are of them.
Coming in May 2019
Episode 8: The Next Step
Mountain lions and humans can live together as long as we learn to protect our domestic animals, what to do if we ever encounter a lion, and how to respect each other; it is important to learn all we can about mountain lions.
Coming in June 2019