Mountain lions in the North Bay live a fragile existence
In California, mountain lions are at the top of the food chain and play critical roles in the maintenance and functioning of our natural ecosystems. Yet mountain lions themselves live a fragile existence as more of us choose to live and play in wild places.
Audubon Canyon Ranch is studying our region’s mountain lions to identify priority habitats and key wildlife corridors and to promote ecosystem conservation throughout our region.
Rigorous science — humanely conducted
Dr. Quinton Martins, a big cat expert and principal investigator for the project, works with local veterinarians and residents to locate and humanely capture and equip lions with GPS collars. Biological measurements and samples are taken to determine their age and health, as well as to map the genetic makeup of the region and state’s lion populations.
The Living with Lions team includes conservation scientists, ACR educators, local veterinarians, geneticists, and a growing cadre of volunteers to assist in field work. Project partners include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Parks, the University of California, Berkeley, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space, Sonoma Land Trust, as well as residents and private land managers.
Program findings—including DNA samples, tracking data from GPS collars, and trail camera observations—are shared with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for their statewide survey, in scientific journals, local media, community presentations, and translated into richly-designed classroom curricula developed by ACR’s educators.
Audubon Canyon Ranch’s scientists and educators teach more than 11,000 children and adults each year about conservation science and the importance of mountain lions in our ecosystem. Through an interactive Wild Neighbors classroom presentation, children are introduced to the captivating world of mountain lions and other wild creatures roaming outside our doors.
Supporting Living With Lions
The North San Francisco Bay Area is like nowhere else in the world. Your generous support of Living with Lions will have significant impact in protecting these magnificent cats and, in turn, stewarding the beauty and resilience of our area.
We look forward to speaking with you about how you might help support Living with Lions. Please call Naomi Sultana Young, director of philanthropy, at 707-938-4554 ext. 311 for more information.
Get to know our mountain lions
The map below shows a 45-day period ending 12/31/18, green points belong to P5, the resident male, other colored points indicate all the females we’ve collared in his same territory.
VIEW A SELECTION OF MOUNTAIN LION VIDEOS ON OUR VIMEO COLLECTION.
Become a citizen scientist with our trail camera project!
The Living with Lions trail camera project uses cameras placed on private properties to collect visual data on mountain lions in Sonoma and Napa counties, as well as add to our region’s understanding of overall wildlife diversity. Email [email protected] to include your backyard in the study!
For more information about Living with Lions, contact Dr. Quinton Martins, principal investigator for the project, at [email protected]
Further reading about the importance of habitat connectivity may be found in the 2015 issue ACR's The Ardeid.
Download the Living with Lions flyer, rev. 2/19 (pdf).