Mountain lions: share an expert's view

San Diego Natural History Museum lecture probes biology, behavior, management

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.
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. 203.