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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Michael Harris is a wildlife documentary filmmaker in Los Angeles finishing up his insightful and fascinating look at the last Pumas that still call the Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles home.........A 1/2 dozen of so Cats are landlocked between the Pacific Ocean and what is known as Freeway 101(the North/South 8 lane highway that runs from downtown L.A. on up through Santa Barbara).................Michael needs another $1500 to complete his film.............Footage of what he has shot can be accessed and watched by clicking on the utube link in my Post.............Michael's contact information is also there for your reference should you seek to contact him about completion of the project.

click on Puma picture below to watch
 Michael Harris documentary film footage

by mshblue
...clips of raw footage, all images filmed in the santa monica mountains.

Should you wish to donate toward completion of Michael's film,

Checks can be made out and mailed to: Ebb Tide Productions
                                          3727 w. Magnolia Blvd #744
                                               Burbank, CA  91505


Subject: ... the "ghost cats" of the santa monica mountains!
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:11:03 -0800

Good Morning Rick!
Happy New Year! Hope you and your family had a nice holiday season. I wasn't able to be with my family over the holidays, but did get some filming done. Mornings were cold and had to dodge a couple storms, though managed to come away with some beautiful footage!

I'm contacting you because I'm just not having any luck trying to pull together the last bit of funding needed to support the final shoot. I need to get back out in the field to follow up on the whereabouts of P25 (puma 25) and P26, and other story developments to wrap-up!

These two kittens born last year are of dispersal age. The same age as P18 when he was hit by a vehicle near the Getty Center along the 405 freeway, and the young male gunned down in Santa Monica last May.

As you can imagine, I'm really eager to get back out in the field with biologists to complete filming, and to be able to start post production early February to bring this compelling story to life! All that is needed is the additional $1,500 (tax deductible) to cover the cost of camera rental, production insurance, film, and camping fees.

The Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing is the only real hope lions have for a future in the Santa Monica Mountains. P25 and P26 are kittens born from first order inbreeding. And this cycle will perpetuate unless they have a way north to reach new genetic material.

I was wondering if you might have a lead for me. Someone who might like to help. I'm working with the Felidae Conservation Fund. You can go onto the web-site and go to media, and click on film projects for validation. Will be very grateful for anyway you can help move this exciting and important project forward.

Thank you for your time Rick. ... Hope you're doing well!

Best regards,
Michael Harris

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