Dr. Quinton Martins and the Living with Lions team expanded the scope of our project last week with the capture and GPS-collaring of mountain lion P14 in the West County area of Sonoma County.

His capture and collaring was preceded by his predation of 2 adult llamas owned by ranch owners Paul Matthews and Maria Cardemone. Rather than seeking a depredation permit against this lion, Paul and Maria called us and agreed to allow us, as per our recent California Department of Fish and Wildlife permits, to collar this animal and learn more about its behavior.

Expressing the complex turn of events, Maria and Paul said, "So sad for us and our llamas and so exciting to be part of the ongoing exploration of the big cats and how they move thru our landscape. Always, we are on the side of science and exploration and proud to be involved in this project.”

We are thrilled to be able to follow this 2.5-year-old male lion in the West County … In honor of their support of the project, we are dubbing P14 “Paul.”

READ ABOUT THE LANDOWNERS' EXPERIENCE IN THIS RECENT PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLE >

 

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After tranquilizing the big cat, Dr. Quinton Martins and our capture team movemove him to the exam area.

 

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A soft cloth covers the eyes of the mountain lion to reduce stress on the big cat. Biologic measurements and samples are taken and vitals monitored by the on-site veterinarian.

 

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Teeth are inspected for injury and measured to determine the age of the mountain lion.

 

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Claws are inspected for injury.  Paws are measured.