Working to Preserve Mountain Lion Populations in the LA Region
By now most Angelenos are aware that a mountain lion (P22) currently inhabits Griffith Park. Originally he entered the Park 4 years ago.
But how exactly did he get into the park and how long will he remain are just a few of the questions Jeff Sikich will be answering as well as how to insure mountain lions are protected from vehicles, rodenticide use, loss of habitat and genetic isolation. The National Park Service continues to study mountain lion populations in our area which they’ve been observing since 2002.
Jeff Sikich is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Environmental Science and Management. Throughout his career Jeff has captured and handled over 16 carnivore species for wildlife research. His work specializes in safe capture and handling techniques for various large carnivores. He has worked on several projects in the United States researching a variety of species, as well as studies focused on tigers in Sumatra, jaguars and pumas in Central and South America, and leopards in South Africa. Jeff is currently a biologist with the National Park Service researching the impacts of urbanization and habitat fragmentation on mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountain Range.
Space is limited, so please rsvp: RSVP@friendsofgriffithpark.org
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 pm
LECTURE BEGINS PROMPLY AT 6:45 pm