Crossing highways

Female killed on Hwy 280

This morning, we learned that 39M, the downtown puma from Santa Cruz, was hit and killed on Highway 17 around Vine Hill Road. When we caught the young male back in May, we recognized that his survival in the coming months would be difficult. After getting his new collar, 39M quickly proved a very interesting […]

A tale of two pumas: 16M and 17M’s final chapters

17M (left) and 16M's skulls

Last week we visited the final resting places of two of our male lions, 16M and 17M. In both life and death, these two lions embodied the¬†diversity¬†of fates that may befall pumas living in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 17M was a small, 2 year old male when we first caught him in 2010. He lived […]

Los Gatos loses a gata: RIP 11F

11F being recollared in 2012

This week, using GPS locations from her collar, Paul and Chris F. located 11F’s final resting spot in the hills above Los Gatos, a town named after her ancestors. From what they could see, she seems to have died of natural causes in January, far from roads, people’s homes, and without any obvious injuries on […]