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On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the director and assistant director of this nonprofit participated in a fund raising event. Julie and Michael Newsome, a lovely couple, opened their Westlake Village home giving everyone a warm welcome. This event was held to benefit both local mountain lion research and wildlife crossing project. The plan is a huge undertaking in that it is a wildlife bridge that will act as a corridor erected over the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon. It is desperately needed because every year many animals (rabbits, coyotes, mountain lions) die trying to cross the freeway. Such corridors constructed in other parts of the world have proven to be successful. This diminishes inbreeding that can develop into many other problems that humans eventually have to solve. It may take an estimated $17 to $50 million dollars and will be the largest wildlife corridor in the world when completed. When the north and south wilderness areas are connected animal breeding can improve and plants can receive pollination and grow undisturbed.

The event was well attended. This indicates that residents and politicians alike care about wildlife and wilderness conservation. Some political attendees were California State Senator, Fran Pavley, who is a pioneer of this project and Al Adam who is on the Thousand Oaks City Council. They are always ready to protect, preserve, improve, and make a better life for the people of the Conejo Valley.

Jeff Sikich giving his speech.

Biologist, Jeff Sikich who represented the National Park “Big Cats” gave a short speech about the current news of the Mountain Lion Project.

Julie Newsome singing with her jazz musicians.

Delicious desserts and delectable wines with cheese were served. A concert under the stars was enjoyed with songs sung by Julie Newsome and music by her talented friends–pianist Karen Hammack, bass player Chris Conner, and drummer Dick Weller.

A pleasant surprise was seeing our friend, Tim Smith from Ventura who feels the bridge is not limited to the Conejo Valley area but will serve wilderness preservation generally in our beautiful country.

We have high hopes that many similar fund raising events and governmental help will make possible this construction. Don’t forget! We have this one Earth planet and we have to take care of it and keep the balance so future generations will survive. You can help! Every penny, even small amounts, helps bring us closer to complete this important cause.

The silent auction item illustrating a big cat.


Make checks payable to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund

Online: http://nwf.org/Save-LA-Cougars.aspx


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By mail: Santa Monica Mountains Fund, 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Note: The National Wildlife Federation is launching a P-22 Day and Urban Wildlife Week with presenting sponsor, the Annenberg Foundation. This will take place from October 16th through 22nd. For information, visit online www.urbanwildlifeweek.org (#urbanwildlifeweek).

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