With their habitats increasingly threatened throughout Southern California, environmental advocacy companies are annoying that kingdom officials list local mountain lions as an endangered species.
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Mountain Lion Foundation introduced Tuesday that they’ve formally petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission (CFGC) to place mountain lions who stay in Southern California and at the Central Coast on the California Endangered Species Act.
The petition includes cougars who roam the Santa Monica, San Bernardino, San Gabriel, Santa Ana and Santa Cruz Mountains, along with the Eastern Peninsular Range.
This petition follows a study released in March which determined that habitat loss, inbreeding, and isolation may want to motive cougar populations inside the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains to go extinct inside the subsequent 50 years.
“Our mountain lions are demise horrible deaths from car collisions and rat poison, and their populations are at danger from inbreeding too,” said CBD biologist Tiffany Yap, the primary writer of the petition, wrote in a declaration. “Without a clear felony mandate to shield mountain lions from the threats which might be killing them and hemming them in on all facets, these iconic wild cats will soon be long gone from Southern California.”
Caltrans has lengthy proposed building a wildlife bridge throughout the hundred and one Freeway in Agoura Hills that would permit animals to travel among the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills. Meanwhile, conservationists have proposed capturing cougars within the Santa Anas and trucking them across the 15 Freeway with a purpose to breed with other mates who are also remoted on the opposite side.
At least 18 cougars have been killed on a limited-access highway or street inside the Santa Monica Mountains given that 2002, in keeping with National Park Service numbers.
Rat poison is also posing a grave danger to mountain lions. Biologists consider a mountain lion found dead in March in the Santa Monica Mountains possibly died of rat poison. Of 22 neighborhood mountain lions examined inside the Santa Monica Mountains, 21 have confirmed the presence of rat poison of their structures, NPS reviews. Those protected a three-month-old kitten.
Last December, a mountain lion named P-64 survived the Woolsey Fire simplest to die some weeks later. Like P-47, assessments also discovered he had six one-of-a-kind sorts of anticoagulant rodenticide compounds in his system.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife now has 3 months to determine whether to propose the petition to the CFCG, who will then vote on it later this yr.
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