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#1 Debp

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:05 AM

We have a huge urban wilderness park, Griffith Park, where we have a few mountain lions roaming around. They are also in other areas of Southern California...hikers sometimes see them and then the rangers will temporarily close those trails.

One mountain lion has a tracking collar and is named P-22. Today on the news they had video of him coming briefly out of Griffith Park. He came out of the park just as a couple with a young child had just left the park!

Another time a worker was doing maintenance underneath a house in Los Feliz, near the park. Well, the worker was on his belly and came backing out from under the house really fast! He also was white like a sheet....as he had come face to face with a mountain lion under the home! (The lion later left on his own.)

Some cameras are left on site in the park to catch video of various wildlife.

A famous photo is of a mountain lion with the Hollywood sign lit up at night behind him! Quite a pretty, unusual photo!

If you are interested, go to YouTube...type in mountain lions Griffith Park Los Angeles.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:18 AM

Very interesting, Deb!  Seems like you get all kinds of wildlife in L.A.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 12:57 AM

Yes, it is amazing... especially the bears and coyotes come into the city areas.

Several years ago, a mountain lion found its way into an office building's outer entrance in Santa Monica and was laying there. Poor thing, because when morning came and office workers started to arrive, he was trapped in that place. I guess he came down from the Santa Monica Mountains while everyone was still sleeping! Unfortunately, the officials had to shoot him as there were so many people around. But alot of us thought they should have tranquilized him instead.

Normally, out here they always tranquilize and then relocate the animal to the mountains.
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:20 AM

Yeah, wish he could have been tranquilized instead.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:28 PM

Sometimes when the mountain lions try to cross the freeway, they can get hit so people are wanting to build a wildlife bridge from one wilderness area to the other...over the freeway. Good idea...
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:41 PM

That is a good idea!  That would be something that we could use here in Arkansas.  Not sure how good it would work in forests and wooded areas though since there are so many areas to cross at.  But, it would be good for populated areas!


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 01:56 AM

Out here some wilderness areas or mountains get cut off from one another so it creates a smaller territory for the mountain lions which isn't good. They say each mountain lion needs so many square miles each for their own territory. So that's another reason why they want to connect the wilderness areas.
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