California-based and globally-working wild cat conservationist Zara McDonald, Founder and Executive Director of the Felidae Conservation Fund, gives an engaging and inspiring presentation about mountain lions and the work currently underway to study and protect them. These keystone predators (also called pumas and cougars) play a critical role in maintaining the health and biodiversity of our ecosystems. However, expansion of human populations is causing increasing encounters and conflicts between humans and pumas, and growing tensions in our local communities. Zara shares stories from her extensive field research work and provides a compelling view of the natural grace and beauty of these animals, delves into the biological and ecological science that is working for their preservation, and offers essential tips for living and recreating without fear in puma habitat. Zara will also discuss steps being taken in other regions to improve response protocols to mountain lion incidents in residential neighborhoods, communities and towns.
This presentation is sponsored by the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, The Sunland-Tujunga Alliance, Inc., The Foothill Trails Distict Neighborhood Council, Teranga Ranch, and the Lake View Terrace Improvement Association.