World’s Largest Wildlife Corridor to Be Built in California

Finally a little good news for wildlife.

Exposing the Big Game

James William Gibson, Earth Island Journal | September 27, 2015

Earlier this month an obscure Los Angeles area regional public lands agency—the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority—announced the first stages of a five-year plan to build one of the largest wildlife corridors in the world. The goal is to create a natural looking bridge that will allow a small cougar population in the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area the chance to escape north into much larger public lands, while at the same time allowing northern mountain lions the chance to move south and help out the badly inbred and lethally infighting Santa Monica cougars.

Although a young female from the Santa Monica Mountains, P33, did successfully cross Highway 101 in March this year, her escape north is a rare event. Photo credit: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Although a young female from the Santa Monica Mountains, P33, did successfully cross Highway 101 in March this year, her escape north is a rare event. Photo credit: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The proposed bridge will leap over Highway 101, an eight-lane, east-west…

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  1. thankfully they got rid of that fat, white jerk who killed a mt. lion in Idaho while on the Fish & Wildlife comm. otherwise nothing would have changed even in wonderful California. Also, helped that F&G killed two mt. lion cubs (3mos. old) because they found them threatening – these two incidents I’m sure helped the wildlife. IF only all of the fat, white animal killers would disappear.

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      When it comes to insanity, race doesn’t come into the equation.

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  2. This is very good news. I am also anticipating the publication of E.O. Wilson’s “Half Earth.”


  3. Really good news. I hate it that so many animals are killed trying to get across roads and freeways. Our car culture and speed leave many victims along the way. I wish this corridor could be completed sooner. In the meantime, I hope the animals can make it safely in their crossings in spite of the overpopulation of people and vehicles.


  4. I am sto glad, amen to this.


  5. What a beautiful animal. I’m glad to read this – no creature should have to be subjected to running a modern day gauntlet that we’ve created for wildlife. Thank God for California.


  6. Although the Santa Monica mt pumas are in dire need, CA’s overbuilding of highways needs a great number of wildlife crossings. I could list the species in trouble from habitat fragmentation and consequent local extinctions here, but the issue is desperate across the USA.

    UC davis and Caltrans created a volunteer reporting of collisions, which does not touch the massive problem.
    Over in Exposing the Big Gae I mentioned some, and here is the UC project with link to collision map of ca. Remember, this is just the result of a few volunteer reports – from Desert tortoises to the new wolves, these crossings have to become a priority. You can write to the state and fed legislators alerting them, as I have, and talk it up with EVERYONE you meet.
    If they don’t want to hear you, they do not share your values, and socializing with them is a waste of time if they do not share your values

    I get pretty disturbed by reading all the “for shames” and all the ooowow great nes blurbs in comments, knowing that the commentors don’t do a damned thing to take care of the problems. Petitions are generally regaarded as waste matter by those receiving them, especially republicans.

    Say something substantial when you say anything at all.
    Introduction to ecology like Christina Eisenberg’s the Wolf’s Tooth are good reading, and although road ecology texts are dense and skewed toward other issues, they are all easily available and far more worth your time, than are typing empty comments.
    In refocusing your time, you will be able to become part of the solution..


  7. oh, UC davis page

    Remember the Jaguar, who once lived as far north as the tehachapis, gets nowhere, dies, without ways to get across the net of highways of the southwest.
    The wolves will die, as they already are in some states from getting squashed.


  8. Regarding the text of the article in exposing:

    In spite of the presumption that genetic material exchange is derogated here as “bureaucratic” language, the issue is profoundly vital.
    Without a connected several thousand, a species is often in a race against extinction and genes of small populations trend toward homozygosity meaning that many, many adaptive genes and traits – behavioral and physical are lost. Even though some species like mountain lions may be connected, different traits are selected by the environments/ecosystems, and even prey they encounter in different habitats.
    The Greater Yellowstone griz and wolves are still in this sort of trouble, as the Montana gauntlet of gunfire legal or illegal, prevents reconnection.
    This problem is severe in the Mexican Wolf reintro. Because of overpopulating humans and their selfish attitudes, the present plan, even if able to be brought to fruition, still leaves the expanses of Utah, and the fact that Colorado wildland consists only of the high country, for all big animals. No winter range for sufficient connectivity UNTIL a number of the valleys are able to be retaken for wildlife. This problem occurs across all the west, and has not at all been addressed. I’ve seen most of Montana, Idaho, Oregon And heard that Washington reflects the same state of fenced exploited domestic cattle with wildlife hatred being the mental set.
    I hope all readers will keep this huge problem in mind from now on.
    Only a few like Ted Turner have used their private land to protect wildlife and connectivity.


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