Mountain lions: share an expert's view
ecent reports of human encounters with mountain lions
and an upcoming ballot initiative have put cougars at the forefront of environmental
issues once again. To help educate the public and dispel myths about mountain
lions and the political issues surrounding them, the San Diego Natural History
Museum will host a lecture entitled "Cougar Encore" on Thursday,
February 15 at 7pm at the Casa del Prado Theatre directly across from the
Museum in Balboa Park.
San Diego Natural History Museum lecture probes biology, behavior, management
Kevin Hansen, author of Cougar: The American Lion, will
present a lecture and book signing focusing on the biology, ecology, behavior
and management of mountain lions in California. A former wildlife biologist
and park ranger, Hansen will also objectively discuss Proposition 197, an
initiative on the March 26 ballot that would reinstate trophy hunting of
mountain lions in the state.
"Cougar Encore" is an update and sequel to
Hansen's sold-out "Contact With Cougars" presentation at the San
Diego Natural History Museum last August.
In conjunction with the "Cougar Encore" lecture,
the Museum will continue an exhibition that gives visitors further information
about mountain lions.
Admission for San Diego Natural History Museum members,
full-time students and seniors age 60 and over is $5; general public is
$7. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. For further information or
registration, please call the Education Department at (619) 232-3821, ext.