Living with Lions Trail Camera Project

Living with Lions Trail Camera Project

Become a Citizen Scientist with the 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.

Key Objectives:

  • Estimate density of collared and uncollared mountain lions
  • Document presence or absence of wildlife based on habitat type
  • Support our community’s interest in our wild neighbors!


Three easy steps to become a citizen scientist for the project and connect with the wildlife in your own backyard:

  1. Sign Up: Schedule an installation date by email: [email protected]
  2. Install: Together with you, we’ll scout for ideal trail camera locations and place camera(s)
  3. Monitor Wildlife: Every 3–4 months we’ll make a site visit to retrieve the photos, sharing these photos with you. You’ll also receive an update about the Living with Lions project.

Your role includes:

  • Ability to check the memory card anytime
  • Agree to not delete any photos
  • Agree to not move the camera

Reducing conflict between lions, humans, and livestock

Research is paired with outreach to help residents implement the best methods to deter mountain lions from preying on pets and livestock, lion behavior that can result in the issuing of a ‘kill permit’ for the lion. By raising awareness about mountain lions and providing tips for co-existence, we can help safe-guard our community’s vital natural systems.

Join more than 75 of your neighbors who are contributing to this project!
The images collected on your property will contribute to our region’s biodiversity index. We look forward to sharing updates with you as the project progresses.

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