Mountain lion sightings in Monrovia and other foothill towns are not unknown. Local newspapers, news stations and even a recent National Geographic article carry stories of these indigenous cats who wander nearby mountains and occasionally traipse into suburban areas. And, of course our community is no stranger to coyotes who run down the streets, bears that wander through our yards and deer who dine on roses.
A new book, When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working it Out in California by Beth Pratt Bergstrom, explores the relationship shared by human and native animal species and how they can co-exist without bringing harm to each other. Find the book at the Monrovia Library.
The author personalizes the stories of wildlife by focusing on some well-known animals. A mountain lion dubbed P-22 treks from his home in the Santa Monica Mountains via 2 freeways and ends up in Griffith Park. A fox family lives in the Silicon Valley and fascinates its tech neighbors. The book also emphasizes solutions to current problems, like how a future wildlife corridor crossing the 101 Freeway could save animals who need to safely move from different territories without being hit by cars.
This is a thought-provoking and enjoyable book that readers will think about the next time they see an animal crossing their yard.