Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing Tours Make Headlines

There was great turnout for the first set of public tours of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing. Docents from the National Wildlife Federation’s #SaveLACougars campaign led Angelenos on a hike through the Santa Monica Mountains where the crossing will connect ecosystems currently separated by the 101 freeway.

During the tour, docents outlined the crisis posed to the region’s mountain lions and emphasized the dire need for the crossing.

“Research shows that the resident population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains here could go extinct in 50 years if nothing is done to improve habitat connectivity.”
Michael Turner
Lead Docent

Local news outlets NBC LA and KCAL documented the first public tours and cited a new report from UC Davis that finds 1-2 cougars are hit on California roads every week. 

LA’s beloved mountain lion P-22 was euthanized earlier this year due to injuries that officials believe were caused by being struck by a car. 

Caltrans crews are currently working on construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing – the world’s largest animal crossing – which is set for completion in 2025. 

The next round of public tours in July and August have already sold out. Be sure to sign up for updates about the next set of tours in the fall.

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