Days ago a mountain lion was found dead along the 101 Freeway in Southern California.
It's believed to have been struck by a vehicle — the same thing that killed a four-year-old mountain lion in the area last year.
Within two decades the Santa Monica and Santa Ana populations of mountain lions could go extinct.
We must move faster to protect these beautiful lions. Please give today to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.
Urban sprawl has isolated these beautiful animals. Penned in by freeways, these big cats unknowingly risk their lives to reach other lions to live and breed with, crossing eight lanes of highway to find a mate.
Others get sick and can die excruciating deaths after eating prey full of rat poison.
But we're doing all we can for them.
We're taking on large developers and pressing local officials to stop paving over mountain lions' habitat with more highways — and to build the wildlife corridors the lions need to survive.
And we've sponsored state legislation to reduce the threat of highly toxic rodenticides, which can wind up killing lions.
Thankfully there's reason for hope.
Earlier this year we helped secure endangered species protection for the lions — for now. And between May and August, 13 kittens were born to five mountain lion mothers.
The way to turn back the extinction crisis and save biodiversity is by fighting for each and every species, especially those, like mountain lions, that are key to keeping ecosystems in balance.
As few as 20 adult lions survive in the Santa Ana Mountains — and even fewer in the Santa Monica Mountains.
We can save California's lions, but we need your help to do it.
Please give today to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.
For the wild,