Mountain Lion Project

baby mountain lion

Mountain Lion Project

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center has worked with mountain lions in Southern California since 2001, with particular focus on:

  • Habitat Use
  • Prey Animals
  • Health & Disease
  • Human Interaction, Attitudes and Behavior

We have placed GPS collars (and one VHS) on 65 lions to date. The collars allow us to track the movements and behavior and document habitat use. They also help us determine potential trapping sites. Using cage traps with road-killed deer for bait, we sedate the cats, take blood, DNA and feces samples to determine health, while also checking or applying collars.

The project has had great success using cage traps — a process far safer than snares or dogs, which continue to be the more prevalent capture methods. Learn more about our research here


mountain lion photoCalifornia Mountain Lions: Mini Web Series

In collaboration with filmmaker Kate Remsen, we are proud to present an 8-part mini web series entitled "California Mountain Lions."

California Mountain Lions is an 8-episode mini web series illustrating the nature of mountain lions in California. Here, we hope to educate viewers on the importance of mountain lions to the ecosystem and what we can do to prevent their decline in our state.

Your contribution will help complete the series and spread awareness about our legend of California.

Learn more here.