Cougar Fast Facts
We’re kicking off the first day of National Wildlife Week with the mighty cougar! Here are five fast facts about these majestic creatures.
Big Cats in the Big City
Besides Mumbai, Los Angeles is the only other megacity that big cats call home.
Monitoring and Reporting
Researchers tagged and currently monitor around 100 cougars around the Los Angeles area, giving us better insight into their behavior and well-being.
Population is Stable, For Now
The population of cougars in the Santa Monica Mountains is currently stable, however it can easily be threatened in the near future as roads and developments encroach their habitat. This makes them more susceptible to vehicle strikes and also limits their freedom to roam and mate with other packs.
Natural Pest Control Also Helps the Cougars
As big cats live among humans, they’re exposed to and threatened by dangerous items. A widespread issue for cougars living in city limits is anticoagulant rodenticides, aka rat poison. To keep cougars and other neighborhood animals safe, try these safer rodent control solutions.
Potentially the most famous cougar in all North America, P-22, lived in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. He traveled down from the Santa Monica Mountains and had lived harmoniously with park-goers since 2012. He had to cross two major freeways on his voyage! Sightings of P-22 were rare, and hikers more frequently report seeing scant and pawprints around the park’s trails.
Sources: National Park Services, National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Protecting the Cougars
A wildlife overpass over some of the busiest highways in California? Cool! Learn more from Naturalist David Mizejewski and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom host, Peter Gros.
Did you know that cougars will be a part of the big cat episode in our new series, Protecting the Wild? Check out the teaser.