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It’s not every day that you get a chance to save a mountain lion – but TODAY is such a day. Here’s how this opportunity came to us.

It begins with a call from a landowner. He lost two calves to a mountain lion and has a depredation permit from the Department of Fish and Game. He’d rather not kill the lion, but he’s worried about losing more calves.

We asked for the chance to cover his losses in exchange for them not using the depredation permit. He has agreed and will take his chances with the lion coming back.

It’s an experiment. We’ve never done this before and are setting no precedent. But we have a chance to save a lion today, and decided to go for it. If you want to help save this lion, you can donate here.

Any funds above the $2,000 will go to support our work building a Wildlife Tunnel under Highway 17 – and looking into a second wildlife crossing from the Pajaro Hills to the Gabilan Range.

The landowner called us because of these projects, and the projects will save lots of mountain lions, but they will take years to complete and this is a chance right now to save a lion. We’re going for it.

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Stephen Slade is the Executive Director at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years non-profit experience in fundraising, communications, and management – and a deep passion for the lands that make Santa Cruz special.

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