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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Mountain Lion Research Fundraiser Planned

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund, which is the the official fundraising partner of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, will host its second annual fundraiser to support mountain lion research at King Gillette Ranch, in Malibu Canyon, at 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, 91302.
 “All proceeds will support the decade-long mountain lion study currently conducted by the National Park Service. Park biologists are currently tracking eight mountain lions in an effort to understand how mountain lions survive in such a fragmented, urban landscape and how best to conserve them,” a press release states.
“The good news is that advances in technology like remote cameras and GPS collars have allowed researchers to learn more about the behavior of mountain lions,” said Arthur Eck, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. “Unfortunately, GPS collars average about $5000, so it’s increasingly difficult for the park to cover the cost of the research.”
In addition to educational displays and a brief presentation by mountain lion experts with the National Park Service, the event will feature a live mountain lion, interactive tracking trail, silent auction, live music and food and wine.
Internationally acclaimed artists Fred Stone and Joe Weatherly, as well as National Geographic photojournalist Steve Winter, have donated pieces for the silent auction.
The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is requesting a donation of $100 for adults, $25 for children under 12.
 Reservations, as well as general donations, can be made at http://www.samofund.org/UrbCarn.htm. The deadline to RSVP is May 12. FI: 818-292-5920.

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