When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

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ISBN-13: 9781597143462
Publisher: Heyday
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 327,880
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years. As the California director for the National Wildlife Federation, she says, “I have the best job in the world—advocating for the state's remarkable animals.” Her conservation work has been featured by The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, BBC World Service, CBS This Morning, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR, and she has written for CNN.com, Boom: A Journal of California, Yellowstone Discovery, Yosemite Journal, and Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite. She is the author of the novel The Idea of Forever and the official Junior Ranger Handbook for Yosemite. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with her husband, four dogs, two cats, and the wildlife that frequents her NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat backyard.

Table of Contents

Foreword Collin O'Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation xiii

Introduction: The Wild Wonder of California xvii

Chapter 1 A Mountain lion in Holly woodland: Can People and Wildlife Coexist in the Second-Largest City in the Nation? 1

Steve Winter: Photographing P-22 28

Rat Poison: A Threat to P-22 and All Wildlife 29

How David Crosby Advanced Mountain Lion Research 30

Meet the Other Cougars of Los Angeles 31

Making Cougarmagic: Tracking Mountain Lions with Cameras 32

Meatball, the Glendale Bear 33

Charismatic Microfauna: The Bugs of LA 34

Calling in the Marines for the Desert Tortoise 35

Chapter 2 They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco: The Amazing Return of the Harbor Porpoise 37

Become a Porpoise Citizen Scientist 62

Sutro Sam: San Francisco's First River Otter in Fifty Years 63

Lake Merritt: Connecting People and Wildlife in Oakland 64

A Community Rallies Around the Martinez Beavers 65

The Pollinator Posse to the Rescue of Monarch Butterflies 66

On Urban Raptors: GGRO Director Allen Fish 67

Saving California Sea Lions at the Marine Mammal Center 68

The Urban Coyote 69

Chapter 3 Keeping Bears Wild: How Staff and Visitors in Yosemite National Park Help Wildlife 71

Phil Frank: A Cartoonist Advocates for Yosemite's Bears 100

The Return of the California Grizzly? 101

Slow Down for Yosemite's Bears 102

Bighorn Sheep Get a Helping Hand 103

How Does a Fisher Cross the Road? 104

A Plea for the Pika 105

Great Gray Owls Go Digital 106

The Love Song of the Yosemite Toad 107

Chapter 4 Friending Wildlife: The Facebook Foxes and Wildlife Corridors in Silicon Valley's High-Tech World 109

Bakersfield Shares a City with Endangered Foxes 135

Peregrine Falcons Nesting at San Jose City Hall 136

Google Provides a Safe Haven for Egrets 137

Larry Ellison Founds an Innovative Wildlife Center 138

Farming for Native Bees 139

Elephant Seals: The Comeback Kids 140

Up Close with a California Condor 141

Chapter 5 The Incredible Journey: California Welcomes Back Wolves after Ninety Years 143

The California Wolf Center 169

OR-7: The Movie 170

Buddy the Wolverine: Another Lonely Wanderer 171

Bringing Back Salmon with the California Conservation Corps 172

"Refrogging" California by Building Wetlands 173

Ranchers Helping Ringtails in the Sutter Buttes 174

Rice Farmers Sharing Their Fields with Sandhill Cranes 175

Good Neighbors: What Californians Are Doing for Wildlife in Their Own Backyards 177

Craig Newmark 179

Elizabeth Sarmiento 181

The Town of Alpine 183

Susan Gottlieb 185

California Conservation Corps Campuses 188

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront 190

Leo Politi Elementary School 193

Peter Coyote 195

Northrop Ranch 197

Diane Ellis 199

The City of Chula Vista 200

Get Involved 203

Acknowledgments 207

Photo Credits 211

About the Author 212

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When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Like most people, when the state of California is mentioned, the wildlife that lives there is not the first thing that comes to mind—movie stars or the horrific Los Angeles driving still reign supreme. However, upon reading this book, people will become completely engrossed and enamored by the animals that exist in California and their own personal stories. That is exactly what this amazing work is all about: a compendium of wildlife stories that captured the imagination of this particular author. And what the writer so expertly does here, is show the absolute fact that human beings and animals can co-exist and do it very well. Horror stories are always spoken about when it comes to animals losing their lives and sometimes entire species being annihilated because of human error or stupidity. Here, a Mountain Lion (later dubbed P-22) moves into the L.A. area after leaving Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. Some scientists simply stated that this particular animal headed into the city because he wanted to avoid other cougars and get food for his stomach. But for this author, as well as this reader, that explanation isn’t enough. Animals are intelligent; a cougar doesn’t just say to himself: “I think I’ll head down the 101,” god help him, “and catch me some deer.” P-22 does take on the freeway and ends up heading to Griffith Park. This extremely small area for a mountain lion to live and hunt is only two miles from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and boasts more visitors than Yellowstone. Yes, there are those who definitely don’t want to become tangled up with a mountain lion. But, Californians have welcomed P-22, and people are working hard to create the largest wildlife crossing in the world set in one of the largest urban areas in the country. Learning about P-22, his trip, his acceptance, and what the future may bring because of his journey makes for a thrilling read. But that’s not all. To further show coexistence between animals and humans, the author offers up a tale full of ‘heart’ set in San Francisco, where the Harbor Porpoise has returned. From the Monarch butterflies being saved to the tale of the Urban Coyote, each story is completely factual and should be learned by everyone. The Marines being called in for the Desert Tortoise. The heart-wrenching story of starving sea lion pups that are now cared for by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. And the list goes on... The National Wildlife Federation’s Beth Pratt-Bergstrom should be extremely proud of this work. Because of her stunning words, emotions and intelligence, people will find themselves feeling exhilarated after reading all about these various creatures, and learning of the awesome work Californians are doing to make sure that these animal species’ stay alive and well. Quill says: Filled with unforgettable stories that will spark the desire to help, this is the wildlife book everyone needs to read. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for Summer reading! This book explores the dynamic between humans and animals and is full of inspiring stories. Beth is a wildlife advocate, author and State of California Director for the National Wildlife Federation.