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Beth Pratt with Mountain Lion P-22 - photo from her book "When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out In California"

Mountain Lion In The City Is Focus Of Next Audubon Program

Written by Scarlett Bullock –

MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Association (YAAS) invites the public to attend their next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Mariposa.

Beth Pratt, California’s Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will be presenting a program on how Los Angeles residents embraced living with the mountain lion known as P-22, and got behind the ongoing effort to build the largest wildlife crossing in the world over the busiest freeway in the country to help save a population of mountain lions from extinction.

As the New York Times wrote, Los Angeles values its native wildlife and is “a city at ease with wildlife in its midst, even potentially dangerous specimens.”

Beth will close by sharing ways we can improve our co-existence with wildlife in and around the Yosemite area.

A lifelong advocate for wildlife, Beth Pratt has worked in environmental leadership roles for over 25 years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks – Yosemite and Yellowstone.

As the California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, she says, “I have the best job in the world—advocating for the state’s remarkable wildlife.”

Although most of her career has been spent in national parks, she now focuses her work on helping wildlife in cities.

Like all YAAS programs, Pratt’s presentation is open and free to the public, although donations to defray program costs and to support Audubon’s local activities are welcome.

Call (209) 742-5579 or visit www.yosemiteaudubon.org for more information about this or other programs.

The mission of the National Audubon Society, the namesake of noted 19th-century naturalist and bird painter John James Audubon; its state affiliate, Audubon California; and local chapters such as the Yosemite Area Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

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