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Mountain Lions, Habitat Fragmentation and Us
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 07:00pm - 08:30pm
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The Sierra Club Group of the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club presents a talk by Chris Wilmers, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UCSC. He is the founder and lead researcher of the Santa Cruz Puma Project. He will give a slide show presentation demonstrating how his group tracks mountain lions as part of its research on how roads and development "fragment" animal habitat. The data they gather from following GPS collared mountain lions will assist in managing and conserving these big cats, which were thought to be extinct in the Santa Cruz mountains a few decades ago. Since the project began in 2008, 39 mountain lions have been fitted with high-tech collars to document their location, movements and activities. Human development is now the biggest threat to them as they can need about 100 square miles of territory to hunt, breed and raise their young. Come at 6:30 for social mingling time with Sierra Club members--healthy refreshments provided.
Location : The Live Oak (Green) Grange, 1900 17th Ave. Santa Cruz
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Free, Donations appreciated