FROM Beth Pratt-Bergstrom
Bridges and Walls: Wildlife Crossing Wild animals need to roam, but our freeways are in the way. Now a proposed bridge over the 101 would allow mountain lions and other wildlife to cross safely over the freeway and improve their access to food and mates. But can humans and predatory animals coexist in the city?
The Case of the Koala Killer at the Los Angeles Zoo Sometime between the evening of March 2 nd and March 3 rd , a killer took the life of Killarney, the Los Angeles Zoo’s oldest koala. Zoo officials discovered a tuft of her hair down the road from the koala enclosure, and a more grisly discovery a bit further along. And when they counted the residents of the enclosure, 14-year-old Killarney was nowhere to be found. The most likely culprit? P-22, Griffith Park’s beloved mountain lion .
A Push for ‘Cougar Crossing’ Over the 101 Mountain lions need space—and, as urban sprawl continues in Southern California, there’s less and less of it. One barrier to survival of a species that needs to be on the move is the freeways that need to be crossed. Now CAL TRANS is becoming a willing participant in a public-private partnership to build a bridge for mountain lions across the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, out past Calabasas. Beth Pratt is California Director of the National Wildlife Federation.
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