Mountain Lions


Reports of mountain lion sightings, including attacks on livestock or pets, have occasioned much commentary in the Mendocino area lately – so this is a timely topic.  Our guest, Dr. Winston Vickers, is one of the top lion researchers in this country.  He is an Associate Veterinarian and leads research under the Mountain Lion and Bobcat Project at the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center.  Much of his work is in the field, tracking the movements of individual lions, as described in this article from the Mountain Lion Foundation.

General background information about mountain lions

Free online book: Cougar, the American Lion

Articles by Dr. Vickers:

Isolation effects on genetics of Southern California mountain lions (2014)

Survival and Mortality of Pumas in a Fragmented, Urbanizing Landscape (2015)

A Single Migrant Enhances Genetic Diversity… (2017)

Pumas as a case study in conservation planning (2017)


About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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