December 2019

Mountain Lion in the Range

A ram and ewe on the lookout

December saw two bighorn sheep fall victim to mountain lion predation in the northern Santa Rosa Mountains. A radio-collared ewe and an unmarked ram were found dead in close proximity to each other and were likely killed by the same cat. While mountains lions primarily prey on deer, they will occasionally switch to bighorn sheep. Most of the sheep in the Peninsular Ranges are unmarked so it’s always possible that there were more mortalities, but we’ll hope this lion switches its prey selection.

Sheep in Oswit Canyon

Oswit Canyon Funds Raised

The Save Oswit Canyon group did an incredible job of raising a million dollars by the end of the year and have now secured the necessary funds to buy Oswit Canyon. Urban development has been a leading cause of decline for the endangered Peninsul