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Urban Wildlife Expert on State of Urban Carnivores, Sept. 7
September 5, 2013 -
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Carrying a sedated bobcat that will be outfitted with a tracking device, Dr. Seth Riley will share his carnivore research at a free public lecture on September 7 from 1-3 p.m. at King Gillette Ranch.
AGOURA HILLS, CAUrban wildlife expert Dr. Seth Riley will discuss the state of carnivores in the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday, September 7, 1-3 p.m., at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas.
Studying how carnivores are impacted by urbanization and habitat fragmentation has been a lifelong interest of mine," said Riley, a wildlife ecologist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). "I'm excited to share what we've learned here in the Santa Monica Mountains with the public.
For more than a decade, Riley has researched the areas mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes. Because of their large home ranges and territorial nature, mountain lions face several challenges to survival. The Santa Monica Mountains are an island of habitat, surrounded on all sides by freeways, the Pacific Ocean and an agricultural plain.
Co-sponsored by Western National Parks Association, the lecture will feature discussion of National Park Service research, as well as amazing photographs and anecdotes of how animals survive and even thrive in an increasingly urbanized environment.
Riley will be available to sign his book, Urban Carnivores: Ecology, Conflict & Conservation, after the program. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary: (805) 370-2302 or email@example.com.
King Gillette Ranch is located at 26800 Mulholland Highway in the Calabasas area. The lecture will be held in the auditorium. Free parking.