Come visit the Mountain Lion Foundation at The Wildlife Society - Western Section's Annual Conference.
February 4-8, 2019
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
1122 CA-41, Fish Camp, CA 93623
Overall, the theme of the conference focused around extinctions and protections for species and how we can adapt our approach to conservation and management of wildlife with the changing political and global climate. The keynote discussed how we can use technology and the diversity of experiences and motivations of millennials to reach a broader audience, to get more people outside of the realm of science and hunting engaged in wildlife conservation, as more people become disconnected from nature, living in urban areas, and there is a reduced interest in hunting.
The plenary and roundtable discussions centered on the topic of protecting species and subspecies, and how we determine which species and/or subspecies to save and protect from anthropogenic extinction with a limited budget and resources. The overall consensus was that our approach to protection of species/subspecies should focus on the ecological functionality/ niche that they fill, and on the geographical range that populations occupy. This emphasizes the need to protect habitats rather than species - to preserve ecosystems and their functionality overall.
We met a lot of wonderful researchers, and heard a lot of interesting presentations that give hope to the future of wildlife conservation, overall and the future of the mountain lion. Our staff presented on the work we have been doing to protect mountain lions:
Lynn Cullens presented on the collaboration between the Cougar Rewilding Foundation and Rob Wielgus to discuss the extirpation and recolonization of mountain lions in the eastern U.S., with historical and present perceptions towards lions in the east.
Korinna Domingo presented on our collaboration with CDFW, WildFutures, and other organizations to produce the California mountain lion brochure and the set of depredation prevention brochures to mitigate conflicts with mountain lions.
Jessica Whalen presented a poster on one of the depredation prevention brochures, Minimizing Carnivore Conflicts with Proper Carcass Disposal, discussing the challenges that animal owners face when disposing of animal remains and offering solutions with the working California Remains Disposal Resource Database, outlining services and regulations in every California County.
At this year's event, we are excited to be giving both oral and poster presentations on a variety of topics:
- Conservation Specialist, Korinna Domingo, will be presenting on the importance of collaboration in mitigating conflicts with mountain lions.
- Executive Director of the Mountain Lion Foundation, Lynn Cullens, will be giving a presentation regarding the extirpation and recolonization of mountain lions in the Eastern United States.
- Programs Associate, Jessica Whalen, will be presenting her poster on minimizing carnivore conflicts with proper carcass disposal.
Will you be there? If so, please stop by our table during the event. We'd love to talk to you!