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Seminar on Co-Existing with Wildlife Set for October 23

Coyote in culvert.
This coyote's image was captured with a remote camera as part of a seven-year long study on wildlife mortality along State Route 23 in Ventura County.
National Park Service

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News Release Date: October 15, 2012
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2301

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - The City of Westlake Village will be hosting a free seminar titled "How to Coexist with Wildlife" on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Seth Riley, wildlife ecologist for the National Park Service, will present information on the effects of urbanization and habitat fragmentation on carnivores in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. He'll also provide specific information about the presence of wildlife in the Westlake Village area. 

Cindy Reyes, executive director of the California Wildlife Center, will provide tips on how to safely coexist with wildlife, including common misconceptions about behaviors, what to do (and not do) when you encounter wildlife and how to minimize unwanted visits to your yard. 

The seminar will be held in the Westlake Village City Council Chambers and broadcast live on WVTV Channel 10. The seminar will also be streamed live on the City website, www.wlv.org. The Westlake Village City Council Chambers is located at 31200 Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village.  For more information, contact Westlake Village City Hall at 818-706-1613.   

About Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state, and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

About California Wildlife Center: California Wildlife Center takes responsibility for the protection of all native wildlife through rehabilitation, education and conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and rehabilitation facilities, a cadre of professionally-trained staff, dedicated volunteers and an engaged community. For more information, visit www.cawildlife.org.

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Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.