Trespass Marijuana Grows are Poisoning Northern California’s Mountain Lions

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In March 2014, celebrity mountain lion P22 tested positive for anti-coagulant rodenticides. Here is a photo of him suffering from mange. P22 Mange by the National Park Service. Public Domain. In March 2014, celebrity mountain lion P22 tested positive for anticoagulant rodenticides. Here is a photo of him suffering from mange. P22 Mange by the National Park Service. Public Domain.

On December 1, 2016 I attended a talk hosted by tracker and Humboldt State University student Phil Johnston. In it, he spoke of a grave threat to Northern California’s mountain lions (Puma concolor): trespass marijuana grows. This is a serious problemthat needs attention, and I recently sat down with Phil to learn more about it. What follows is a shortened version of our conversation.

Humboldt State University student and tracker Phil Johnston. Image © Kim Cabrera. Humboldt State University student and tracker Phil Johnston. Talking about Rabbit Tracks. Image © Kim Cabrera.

You said in your talk that you work in the Hoopa Valley. How long have you been working there, and what do you do?

I’ve worked in Hoopa for two years. I work for the

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19 thoughts on “Trespass Marijuana Grows are Poisoning Northern California’s Mountain Lions

      1. We watch the nature video every night before bedtime. One lion family was lingering around one younger brother who got attacked by a male lion over night. He didn’t make it. The siblings took turn to kiss and touch him before they moved on. I felt like I wanted to cry with them.

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  1. It just makes you want to cry, doesn’t it? No matter how fierce an animal may see, they are usually at man’s mercy. Animals and children. I can’t stand it when either are abused and hurt… That was very interesting. Thanks for posting that. Being aware is the beginning of the battle.

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