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Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Pathways for Wildlife in a discussion of local efforts to protect and enhance wildlife corridors on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. We will be having a free screening of the documentary film The Cat That Changed America, the story of P22, a mountain lion in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, and a $50 million effort to create a safe wildlife crossing across two of the busiest freeways in America.
P22 is the most famous mountain lion in the world, living in Griffith Park, right in the heart of Los Angeles. He was born in the Santa Monica Mountains, and crossed two of the busiest freeways in America, the 405 and the 101, before he settled in the park. Yet P22 is now trapped, hemmed in by freeways and the urban sprawl, with little chance of ever finding a mate. Now a new documentary film will explore his plight and the development of the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Los Angeles. Angelenos and local conservationists alike are battling to help P22 and the mountain lions of the Santa Monica Mountains, as they try to raise $50 million dollars, while facing resistance from public ignorance and the spread of rodenticides.
The event will be hosted at the Los Gatos Recreation Center. From 280 South and 101 South: Continue on 280 South or 101 South and merge onto CA-85 South towards Gilroy. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 11A to merge onto CA-17 towards Santa Cruz. Exit toward E Los Gatos and merge onto Saratoga Los Gatos Rd. Turn right onto Los Gatos Blvd and continue onto E Main St until you seethe recreation center on your right.
Peninsula Open Space Trust protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since 1977, POST has protected over 75,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.
Created in 1972, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an independent special district that has preserved over 63,000 acres of public land and manages 26 open space preserves. Midpen’s boundary extends from San Carlos to Los Gatos and to the Pacific Ocean from south of Pacifica to the Santa Cruz County line.
Pathways for Wildlife is a research organization specializing in identifying, monitoring, and implementing connectivity designs for wildlife movement within a landscape.