No one knows exactly how many mountain lions (also called pumas) live in the East Bay, but as human development continues expanding into their habitats the conflicts are sure to increase. This growing tension between humans and native pumas represents one of the greatest risks to long term biodiversity and ecosystem health.
The East Bay Puma Project is a 5-10 year field study of mountain lions in the East Bay using a cutting-edge combo of GPS/accelerometer collars, genetics analysis, GIS mapping and compelling outreach and education in local communities. The study began this month with the start of capture operations in our 1000 sq mile study region ranging from the Oakland-Berkeley Hills to Mount Hamilton. This study is the latest stage of the Bay Area Puma Project, a long-term effort to reduce human-wildlife conflict and increase ecological understanding throughout the SF Bay Area and beyond.