Mountain Lion Program to be Presented Next Week

The Mountain Mail
Thursday, September 08, 2005

The West’s red-rock canyon country, rugged foothills and piñon-covered mesas provide critical habitat to mountain lions (Puma concolor).

A highly charismatic species, mountain lions (commonly known as pumas, cougars, or panthers) are an icon of the Southern Rockies. Sleekly built and majestic, mountain lions evoke mythic associations connected to the divine.

These large golden cats, shy and antisocial by nature, prefer rugged terrain suitable for ambushing large prey, such as mule deer and elk.

Mountain lions require expansive habitats because they are an “obligate carnivore” – they only eat meat – and their food supply is dispersed through long distances. A male lion requires at least 100 square miles of habitat in the arid West.

Learn mountain lion natural history, how Colorado manages its population, and skills to successfully co-exist with this large native carnivore through a slide presentation presented by Wendy Keefover-Ring of Sinapu.

Sinapu is a grassroots wildlife conservation organization named after the Ute word for wolves. It is dedicated to the restoration and protection of native carnivores and their wild habitat in the Southern Rockies and connected high plains and deserts.

The mountain lion program will be shown in Buena Vista Tuesday at the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association Community Room on U.S. 24 and in Salida, Wednesday, at Salida Regional Library. Both programs begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge.

The mountain lion programs are provided by GARNA, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and the Ark-Valley Humane Society in partnership with Sinapu.

For more information, call GARNA at 539-5106 or email

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