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August 07, 2017
After Appearance in Backyard Video, Mountain Lion Crosses 101 Freeway
National Park Service researchers have documented a rare case of a mountain lion successfully crossing the 101 Freeway. P-55, a subadult male who was recently collared in the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, crossed the artery near Thousand Oaks last week soon after he was caught on video in a Newbury Park backyard. He is currently roaming the Santa Susana Mountains after also crossing Highway 23 and the 118 Freeway.

July 26, 2017
National Park Service to Host Solar Eclipse Events in L.A. Area
On the morning of August 21, millions of Americans are expected to step outside to witness the solar eclipse, a natural phenomenon that hasn’t been witnessed in the continental U.S. in 38 years. To celebrate, the National Park Service is hosting three local viewing events, two in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and one near downtown Los Angeles.

July 25, 2017
L.A. Area Teens Join National Park Service for Summer Jobs
As far as outdoor summer jobs go, this one could take the cake. Twenty two high school and college-bound students are working with the National Park Service in the L.A. area this summer as part of a program called SAMO Youth. After weeks of trail and restoration work in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park, their upcoming work includes outdoor projects in neighborhoods.

July 05, 2017
Night Sky Festival is Back, Will Include New Jr. Ranger Patch
With the new moon that evening, the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower nearing its peak, and the total solar eclipse the next month, the National Park Service is excited to present its annual summer Night Sky Festival in the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday, July 22.

May 10, 2017
Historic Ranch in Mountains to Host a Summer of Music, Art, and Performance
As the summer season approaches, the National Park Service is gearing up for nearly a dozen free music and performance events at Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.

April 21, 2017
L.A. Area National Parks Benefit Local Economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2016 shows that 906,605 park visitors spent an estimated $39.4 million in the local community while visiting Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. That spending supported 557 jobs and contributed $54.3 million to our local economy.

April 18, 2017
After Heavy Rains, Park Needs Help Eradicating “Super Bloom” of Weeds
As the rich display of native wildflowers fades, a new “super bloom” has begun to dominate many hillsides throughout the Santa Monica Mountains: invasive plants.

April 04, 2017
Mountain Lion Kitten Born in Santa Monica Mountains
National Park Service researchers, together with biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, recently marked a four-week-old mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains. The good news is tempered by suspicion that the young female, now known as P-54, is a product of inbreeding.

March 30, 2017
High Levels of Rat Poison Found in Dead Bobcat from Simi Valley Area
Necropsy results for Bobcat 332 are in and the findings are what biologists suspected. The 3-year-old wild cat had anticoagulant rodenticide, commonly known as rat poison, in his system. Specifically, very high levels of the compound bromadiolone were found, in addition to brodifacoum, difethialone, and diphacinone.

March 22, 2017
Rare Species Discovered Breeding in Santa Monica Mountains
It was a moment made of excited shouts, high fives, and elated tears. National Park Service researchers surveying a stream last week spotted signs of California red-legged frog reproduction. The nine egg masses found are the first known evidence in recent times of the species sustaining a population in the Santa Monica Mountains without the help of humans.

March 13, 2017
L.A.’s National Park Sets Visitation Record
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the national park that stretches from the city of Los Angeles west into Ventura County, recorded 906,606 visits in 2016.

March 08, 2017
Veterans to Train for Upcoming Wildfire Season at Paramount Ranch
Over 50 veterans are headed to the Santa Monica Mountains this weekend to become wildland firefighters. The group of students will be members of Team Rubicon, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization that unites the skills of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

February 23, 2017
Most Solstice Canyon Trails Remain Closed After Storm
The majority of trails at Solstice Canyon will remain temporarily closed after sustaining damage from winter weather last week. However, the popular Solstice Canyon Trail, which takes hikers to the waterfall and the Tropical Terrace ruins, remains open.

February 16, 2017
What are Coyotes Eating? Conejo Valley Locals Sought to Help Analyze Coyote Scat
Over a decade ago, National Park Service researchers collected coyote scat from 14 sites in and around the Conejo Valley. They wanted to understand the diet of local coyotes. Researchers are now going back to those same sites to repeat the study and see what has--or has not--changed.

January 27, 2017
Second Mountain Lion Kitten Struck and Killed by Vehicle Near Simi Valley
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- A young female mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle on State Route 118 last week, marking the third time a mountain lion was hit by a vehicle on the same stretch of freeway since December.

January 05, 2017
Statement on Mountain Lion P-52
We are saddened to report that the seven-month-old kitten known as P-52 was recently struck and killed by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway.

December 15, 2016
Mountain Lion Struck and Killed by Vehicle Near Chatsworth
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- National Park Service (NPS) biologists confirmed this week that a mountain lion recently struck and killed by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway was P-39, an adult female with three six-month-old kittens.

December 13, 2016
More than 500 Jobs Available at California's National Parks
Los Angeles, CA – If you ever dreamed of working for the National Park Service, now is the time, with more than 500 seasonal job openings available for the summer of 2017, in over fifteen parks across the state of California. 

November 29, 2016
Statement on Mountain Lion P-45
We extend our condolences to those who have lost a pet or other animal as a result of being preyed upon by native wildlife. This is extremely unfortunate for everyone.

November 28, 2016
Locals (and Their Dogs) Sought for Volunteer Positions
The National Park Service is launching a local effort to recruit volunteers to help out in and around the Santa Monica Mountains starting in 2017.

October 11, 2016
Local Bobcat Appears Recovered from Bout with Mange
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- When National Park Service researchers captured Bobcat 342, known as B-342, back in early July, the four-to-five-year-old male was clearly suffering from mange.

September 14, 2016
National Park Service Seeking Classic Cars for Paramount Ranch Event
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The National Park Service is looking for owners of classic cars to help celebrate an historic car racing site in the Santa Monica Mountains. The vehicles will be on display at the first-ever Car Corral & Picnic on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Paramount Ranch in Agoura.

September 14, 2016
Light Pollution from within SoCal Coastal National Parks Steady or Decreasing
Thousand Oaks, CA - A study published today found that the amount of light pollution produced within Southern California’s three coastal National Park Service units has not significantly changed, and in one case has decreased, over the past two decades.

September 07, 2016
Every Kid in a Park Program Returns to the Santa Monica Mountains
LOS ANGELES - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area encourages all fourth graders to visit the park this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit to download the pass and obtain more information.

August 30, 2016
Local Mountain Lion Population Faces Precipitous Decline in Genetic Diversity Within 50 Years, Possible Extinction
A paper published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B found that mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains face the possibility of extinction in the near future.

Last updated: October 5, 2016

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