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As human development in the Bay Area rapidly expands into puma habitat, the interface between humans and pumas is increasingly becoming a point of conflict. Sightings and encounters are on the rise, and as people become more concerned on both sides of the issue, local and national media outlets are taking an interest. The issue of human-puma interaction, and the Bay Area Puma Project as the central initiative on pumas in the region, are getting extensive press coverage.

2014 Press Reports

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Tracking Mountain Lions in California's Urban Jungles - National Geographic - December 17, 2014
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141217-video-tracking-ba...

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Ask The Naturalist: Why Would A Mountain Lion Attack That Child? - Bay Nature - September 13, 2013

From Felidae Conservation Fund and the Bay Area Puma Project:
Normally when there is a mountain lion incident and direct human contact, there are several months of abnormally high sightings reports, suggesting that the human response to extremely rare predator aggression is overblown attention and fear. The recent incident involving a 6 year old boy is no exception. A healthy response to this incident, if you enjoy recreating on local trails that also happen to be natural habitat for multiple wildlife species, is to really take the time to educate yourself and your family about the very real risks of hiking in a region where there are noxious snakes and spiders, as well as coyotes, bobcats, deer and yes, mountain lions.
The lion that was killed as a result of the incident last week was a 2-ish year old male, likely a disperser, and not obviously sick or unhealthy.

Read the Bay Nature piece for more.

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Breaking News Statement - Mountain Lion Attack in Cupertino - September 7, 2014

From the Bay Area Puma Project and Felidae Conservation Fund:

Earlier today at approximately 1 pm, a mountain lion ostensibly attempted to drag a 6-year old boy off a trail in Cupertino, CA on Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The boy sustained moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital. As we await more detail on the situation, and CDFW searches for the mountain lion, it is important to acknowledge this incident and the remote likelihood of this happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where mountain lions reside. This is an extremely unfortunate event and the family of the child who was attacked is in our thoughts.

It is exceptionally rare for a Mountain lion to attack a human. A healthy mountain lion does not ordinarily stalk a human being. Mountain lions have a stable prey base in the region, and are typically uninterested in, and even afraid of, humans. They usually go out of their way to avoid humans.

When we outline safety protocol in mountain lion habitat we emphasize that children are at greater risk because of their smaller stature. Young children should remain close to their parents or escort when hiking, and they should not be left behind a group, or too far ahead.

Humans are not normal lion prey, so a young sub-adult lion still dependent on its mother, or a sick, or weakened and elderly lion that has more difficulty taking down deer, or other normal prey can become opportunistic and see a young child as prey.

Please stay tuned for more details on this story and check back with us for updates and clarifications.

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Passerby saves injured bobcat on road - KTVU News - August 1, 2014
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/passerby-saves-injured-bobcat-road/n...

Tracking the Ghost Cat: Mountain Lions Remain Elusive in the East Bay - Bay Nature - July 25, 2014
http://baynature.org/articles/tracking-ghosts/

Mountain Lion Traps Set Up in Bay Area Foothills - NBC Bay Area - July 2, 2014
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Mountain-Lion-Traps-Set-Up-in-Bay-A...

Feature: In the lion's den - Pacific Sun - June 5, 2014
http://www.pacificsun.com/news/feature-in-the-lion-s-den/article_444a10b...

Bay Area Puma - Mountain Lions Among Us - Commonground Magazine - April 2014
http://commongroundmag.com/main-page.html

Will a Taser Work on a Cougar? - Outside Magazine - January 17, 2014
http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/the-wild-file/Will-a-Tase...

Puma advocate preaches peaceful coexistence - Santa Cruz Sentinel - January 17, 2014
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_24937905/puma-advocate-pre...

2013 Press Reports

Oakland Zoo’s Quarters for Conservation Program Raises More Than $100,000 for Animals in the Wild - PRWEB - December 23, 2013
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11439932.htm

Biologists Begin Project To Track East Bay Mountain Lions - CBS San Francisco Bay Area - November 14, 2013
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/9531294-biologists-begin-project-...

Scientists to Trap and Tag East Bay Mountain Lions for Study - Lamorinda Patch - November 12, 2013
http://lamorinda.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/scientists-to...

Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival lineup - The Bakersfield Californian - November 2, 2013
http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/entertainment/community/x153752285...

Mountain lions roam Woodside: Don't be alarmed, experts say - The Almanac - October 1, 2013
http://www.almanacnews.com/news/2013/10/01/mountain-lions-roam-woodside-...

SCIENCE IN ACTION THIS WEEK: Local Lions - California Academy of Sciences - July 12, 2013
http://www.calacademy.org/sciencetoday/local-lions/5511520/

The Day the Mountain Lion Came to Santa Cruz - National Wildlife Federation Blog - June 10, 2013
http://blog.nwf.org/2013/06/the-day-the-mountain-lion-came-to-santa-cruz/

MARIN COUNTY: Wildlife officials consider changing policy on cougars - KTVU - May 28, 2013
http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/marin-county-wildlife-officials-consider...

Mountain Lion Encounters: What To Do and How to Avoid Them - Santa Cruz Patch - May 17, 2013
http://santacruz.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/mountain-lion-encounters...

Marin celebrates Earth Day a day early - Marin IJ - April 21, 2013
http://www.marinij.com/larkspurcortemadera/ci_23076042/marin-celebrates-...

Animal Tracking: Signs of Life: The Art and Science of Tracking - Bay Nature - March 20, 2013
http://baynature.org/articles/tracking/

2012 Press Reports

Mountain Lions vs Bobcats - Do You Know the Difference? - San Anselmo / Fairfax Patch - October 1, 2012
http://sananselmofairfax.patch.com/articles/mountain-lions-vs-bobcats-do...

Pacifica: Organization Releases Never Before Seen Footage of Mountain Lions - KTVU - August 16, 2012
http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/pacifica-organization-releases-never-bef...

Tracking Big Cats to Learn Their Secrets - KQED Quest - July 11, 2012
http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/07/11/tracking-big-cats-to-learn-thei...

Mountain Lions in Pacifica - Pacifica Currents - May 30, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZm1K_qYGJw&feature=plcp

Mountain Lions and Humans - Can They Co-Exist? - The Commonwealth Club - March 15, 2012
http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/podcast/zara-mcdonald-mou...

2011 Press Reports

Cougar Sightings Increase with Population and Habitat Loss - Kenwood Press - July 1, 2011
http://www.kenwoodpress.com/pub/a/5603?full=1

Luring Mountain Lions to Live Amongst Them - San Francisco Chronicle - June 2, 2011
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/kalw/detail?entry_id=90241

Researchers Track Mountain Lions in SC Mountains - KTVU San Francisco - June 2, 2011
http://www.ktvu.com/video/28115723/index.html

Redwood City: Meeting Held To Discuss Plans To Deal with Surge in Mountain Lion Sightings - KTVU San Francisco - April 14, 2011
http://www.ktvu.com/video/27540545/index.html

Despite High-Profile Mountain Lion Incidents, Encounters with People are Down - San Jose Mercury News - April 6, 2011
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17770954?nclick_check=1

Living With Lions- WildCare Newsletter - April 2011
http://www.wildcarebayarea.org/site/PageServer?pagename=eNews_April2011_...

Napa Sheep Slaughter Solved: Culprits Were Cougars - SF Chronicle - April 1, 2011
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/31/BAVP1INGPN.DTL

Big Cat Researchers Take Santa Cruz Sixth-Graders to the Mounts on Research Mission - San Jose Mercury News - March 28, 2011
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17720989?nclick_check=1

Understanding Mountain Lions - Cedar Street Times - March 11, 2011
www.felidaefund.org/pdf/pacific_grove_pdf.pdf

Mountain Lion Safety and Conservation - Care2 - February 6, 2011
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/mountain-lion-safety-and-conservation.html

Neighborhood Mountain Lions? Summer Berkeley Incident Causes Cities to Rethink Wildlife Policies - Peninsula Press - January 13, 2011
http://www.penipress.com/2011/01/13/mountain-lions-in-your-neighborhood-...
policies/

2010 Press Reports

Living With Lions - Sonoma Magazine - December 2010
www.felidaefund.org/pdf/sonoma_magazine_article.pdf

Mountain Lions Straying Into More Urban Areas - SF Chronicle - November 28, 2010
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2010%2F11%2F27%2F...

Living With the Lions Among Us - Sonoma Index-Tribune - November 24, 2010
http://www.sonomanews.com/news/article_b8757916-f83b-11df-b00a-001cc4c03...

Berkeley Puma Caught at Intersection of Habitat and Humanity - BayNature.org - Sept 2010
http://baynature.org/articles/web-only-articles/berkeley-puma

Through the Eyes of the Lion: A Wild Life on the Urban Edge- Bay Nature - April-June 2010
http://baynature.org/articles/apr-jun-2010/through-the-eyes-of-the-lion

Mountain Lions Rattle South Coast - Puma Project Tracks Lions in Santa Cruz Mountains- Half Moon Bay Review - March 24, 2010
http://hmbreview.com/articles/2010/03/24/news/doc4baa40c2edd34839412882.txt

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS: Scientist Using High-Tech Collars To Track Mountain Lion Movement- KTVU Nightly News - March 11, 2010
http://www.ktvu.com/video/22817072/index.html

National Geographic - BAPP was featured in Brady Barr’s Wild West Segment of Dangerous Encounters - National Geographic Television Channel - March 6, 2010, 5:00pm and 8:00pm
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/dangerous-encounters#tab-Ov...

Podcast with the Wilderness Center - Wild Ideas #49 - March 4, 2010
http://www.wildernesscenter.org/

2009 Press Reports

Santa Cruz Researchers Focus On Mountain Lion Whereabouts- KTVU San Francisco - October 9, 2009
http://www.ktvu.com/news/21258051/detail.html?taf=fran

Project Keeps Track of Bay Area Mountain Lions- CBS 5 - October 7, 2009
http://cbs5.com/video/?id=56386@kpix.dayport.com

Press Release: Bay Area Scientists Track Mountain Lion Kittens in the Santa Cruz Mountains - June 8, 2009
http://www.felidaefund.org/pdf/kitten_press_release.pdf

Scientists Tracking Mountain Lions Near Urban Areas- NPR Day-to-Day Show - February 10, 2009
Link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100511979

Tracking study locates several lions in Santa Cruz Mountains - Santa Cruz Sentinel - January 25th, 2009
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_11548958

Tracking Urban Lions- KQED 88.5 FM Interview with David Gorn - January 12, 2009
http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R901120833

Tracking Mountain Lions-For Their Own Good - San Francisco Chronicle - January 11, 2009
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/01/11/MNI5151TQ...

2008 Press Reports

High-Tech Collars To Reveal the Secretive Behaviors of Mountain Lions - Mongabay,com - May 28, 2008
http://news.mongabay.com/2008/0528-vinas_puma.html

Press Release for Santa Cruz Mountains Puma Project- May 6, 2008
http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/press_releases/text.asp?pid=2173

Going Green: Cat Scratch Fever - April 4, 2008
http://www.pacificsun.com/story.php?story_id=1852