The Journeys of Young Pumas, and Welcome to Puma 56M

56M recovering and soon ready to continue searching for a territory

A young male puma was captured and returned safely to the wilds yesterday by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and San Mateo Police. As scientists studying pumas, we often receive questions about pumas when this happens. Usually the first questions are “Why does this happen?” and “Is it happening more frequently?” The short […]

Santa Cruz Pumas featured on BBC Science in Action podcast

Puma kill site near a home in Felton, CA

This week, we published a paper on puma behavioral responses to human development and how they relate to kill rates in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We found that females spend less time at their deer kills when they are close to people, and therefore kill deer more often to compensate. For more, listen to BBC’s […]

Puma sighting on UCSC campus

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A UCSC Cruz Alert was sent out on November 28 warning of two mountain lions spotted near the base of the UCSC campus. Mountain lions do occasionally move through campus property, due to the many preserved acres of land in Upper Campus and Pogonip, and the adjacency of large protected areas including Wilder Ranch and […]

Today’s Attack

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We would like to send our thoughts and sympathies to the little boy who was attacked by a mountain lion in Cupertino today and to his family.  We hope he has a very quick and thorough recovery. We have information about what to do if you encounter a mountain lion on our FAQ.

News Report on an Upcoming Wildlife Crossing on Hwy17

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Last night, KSBW reported on the very exciting progress the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is making towards creating wildlife connectivity across Highway 17. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is working on purchasing 290 acres of land that straddles Laurel Curve, one of Highway 17’s most notorious turns for both motorists and […]

Santa Cruz Puma Project featured on Science Nation

The Santa Cruz Puma Project was featured on this week’s Science Nation video from the National Science Foundation, entitled, “Bio-logging collar reveals unprecedented detail about California mountain lions“. This video shows three very important components of the puma project through interviews with Chris Wilmers (the ecologist), Gabe Elkaim (the engineer), and Terrie Williams (the physiologist). By building a team of […]

New Exciting Video About Local Habitat Connectivity!

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POST and Pathways for Wildlife have partnered up and put together an excellent video about culverts and Highway 17!  In the video, Tanya Diamond and Ahiga Snyder explain some of the work they’ve been doing to increase habitat connectivity across such a formidable barrier to individual movements and gene flow around the Santa Cruz Mountains. […]

Chris’s Talk at the Rio

Chris discussing our first puma (photo by Mike Bolte).

For those of you who missed Chris’s sellout talk at the Rio, here is a great writeup about it in the Sentinel.  Chris gave an exciting talk about our work so far with over 600 people filling the auditorium!  We’d like to thank the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County for hosting him and making […]

Wired Magazine on the Puma Project

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  Check out the great piece in Wired Magazine about the videos we got of 41M and his sibling.  

A Fun Night of Talks

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We had a fun night at the MAH on Friday! There were some great speakers, and a very large, enthusiastic crowd! Read more about the evening on the Hilltromper Santa Cruz blog!