Target: Director Charlton H. Bonham of the California Wildlife Conservation Board
Goal: Support the safety and success of a delicate mountain lion species
Isolated by a busy and dangerous freeway, a declining population of mountain lions lack individuals for healthy breeding. Luckily, after years of advocating, the first phase of creating a safe wildlife crossing has been approved. These mountain lions will be able to disperse into new habitats without the risk of injury or death from the busy highway. A previous ForceChange petition had urged the construction of this incredible crossing project. Thank the continuous efforts and generous funds set forth to protect and secure southern California’s wild mountain cougars.
The California Wildlife Conservation Board granted $650,000 to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains for the first phase of the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing. This first phase is only a small part of an elaborate and impressive project to save a trapped mountain lion population. Highway 101 has prevented big cats in Santa Monica from breeding with other mountain lion populations in the Simi Hills and Los Padres National Forest since the 1960’s.
The first phase of the project will focus on adequate fencing as well as planting dense vegetation around the freeway. The final project will be an under- and overpass system. By signing this petition, you are commending the work of California’s Wildlife Conservation Board for protecting these special mountain lions from genetic isolation.
Dear Director Bonham,
The mountain lions living in southern California have suffered long enough. Since the 1960’s, this mountain lion population has been isolated by a dangerous highway. In efforts to cross the 10-lane death trap, mountain lions have been injured and killed. Through your generous donation to the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing, these mountain lions will no longer face the dangers of inbreeding and freeway traffic.
Safe passage under and over Highway 101 is crucial for the success of these mountain lions. Your donation will fund the first phase of this incredible and monumental project. Mountain lions will be able to successfully breed with other populations in the Simi Hills and the Los Padres National Forest. The number of mountain lion males will increase. Hopefully as a result of this project, this population will no longer be considered at risk.
Thank you for your efforts to protect California’s majestic and wild predators. Hopefully, your efforts will inspire others to conserve this planet’s wildlife. I commend you for funding the first phase of a safe passage for these mountain lions.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife via Flickr