Mountain Lion

Nature in October: Mountain Lion Research

In the densely populated Bay Area, Midpen preserves provide both critical habitat for native mountain lions and other wildlife and nearby nature for people. An adult male mountain lion can have a home range of up to 350 square miles, so connected wildlife corridors are crucial to help these wide-ranging animals move through the landscape.

Midpen is working with the University of Santa Cruz Puma Project on a 5-year study to learn more about how mountain lions use open space lands frequently visited by people and to better understand factors that influence human-mountain lion interactions. This study will help us to develop a science-based management plan to help people and mountain lions safely coexist. Beginning this fall, some preserves may be closed for a few days on short notice so that this research may be conducted safely.

Sign up for our newsletter to find out what’s happening in your open space!