A Mini-Series on Mountain Lions in California




The Legends of California




California Mountain Lions Gets A Bonus Episode

Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation, the series is creating a BONUS episode “The Connection Conflict” based on the connectivity issue in Southern California. Due to highways and development, six out of the ten distinct mountain lion populations are pushed into isolation. This could easily result in inbreeding depression if these animals cannot successfully migrate across our structures.

Look for the episodes’ release on October 16th!



Online Premiere and Facebook LIVE

Hosted by P22, the mountain lion of Griffith Park, join us online for a premiere of the new film in the California Mountain Lion series, "The Connection Conflict." After the showing, the filmmakers, scientists and wildlife advocates will host a LIVE Q&A session.

October 16th @ 7:00PM PST

Link will be provided online HERE



Bonus Episode Showing at P22 Day

View our new and final episode at the National Wildlife Federation’s P22 Day; a festival dedicated to the lion of Griffith Park. All proceeds go to the Save the LA Cougars campaign and contribute to funding the Liberty Canyon overpass.

October 19th @ 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Shane’s Inspiration Playground in Griffith Park

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Series Screening and Research Fundraiser

UC Davis’ Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center will be hosting a screening for California Mountain Lions. Enjoy a reception with small plates and drinks along with the filmmakers and wildlife biologists who’ve contributed to the series. Ticket costs will go towards mountain lion research in Southern California.



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 conserve them.

Your contribution will help complete the series and spread awareness about our legend of California.

Thank you,

Dr. T. Winston Vickers – Director and Lead Wildlife Veterinarian

Kate Remsen – Producer



Episode 1: Introduction (6:30)


A quick historical background on the mountain lion in California, including its behaviors, habitats, threats, and its contribution to nature as an apex predator.




To research mountain lions, scientists must capture wild lions and collect vital data which can determine potential threats and how we can help conserve them.



Episode 3: CIRCLE OF LIFE (6:59)

Like any other animal, mountain lions have a specific way to breed and raise their young in order to ensure survival and continuation of the species.



Episode 4: ON THE MOVE (6:57)

California provides mountain lions a wide range of habitats and as an extremely adaptable species, they can live anywhere there are adequate resources.



Episode 5: MAKING CONNECTIONS (8:00)

Migration plays a significant role in mountain lions’ survival as it helps mix genetics throughout California, making the species stronger as a whole.



Episode 6: THROUGH THE FOOD CHAIN (7:12)

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.



Episode 7: HUMAN INTERACTION (7:20)

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.



Episode 8: THE NEXT STEP (7:58)

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?


In California, several mountain lion populations are separated from each other by development and highways, causing inbreeding within the populations to occur; genetic diversity and connectivity is crucial to the survival of these groups.