Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife Encounters

Respectfully enjoying wildlife in the natural environment is an incredible way to spend one’s time.

The beauty of the natural world awakens the senses and refreshes the soul. But far too often, people encounter wildlife the wrong way: by harassment, torture and killing.

FoA’s Wildlife Law Program is dedicated to exposing the mistreatment of wildlife at the hands of humans, and to helping local governments and communities learn about all the ways in which people can effectively reduce, and eventually eliminate, perceived conflicts with wildlife.

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January 16, 2017. New film, Kangaroo, brings to light the many ways that Australians view these magnificent creatures as pests. Marc Bekoff interviewed the filmmakers on his Animal Emotions blog on Psychology Today.

September 25, 2017. Human development and urbanization of landscape has had a detrimental impact on animals, especially the migration patterns of birds. A new book called Where the Animals Go contains maps, illustrated from GPS data collected from various animal migration studies, that show how routes have been affected by human expansion. For example, the white stork that normally migrates to the wetlands of Southern Africa from Europe, now stops in Morocco allured by the landfills in the region.

August 30, 2107. The Cat that Changed the World: Giving Urban Wildlife Voice: A nice interview by Professor Marc Bekoff of Tony Lee, the Producer and Director of a new film titled “The Cat that Changed America.” The film tells the story of P22, the most famous mountain lion in the world, living in Griffith Park, right in the heart of Los Angeles. He was born in the Santa Monica Mountains, and crossed two of the busiest freeways in America, the 405 and the 101, before he settled in the park. Yet P22 is now trapped, hemmed in by freeways and the urban sprawl, with little chance of ever finding a mate. The film explores his plight and the development of the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Los Angeles. Angelenos and local conservationists alike are battling to help P22 and the mountain lions of the Santa Monica Mountains, as they try to raise $50 million dollars, while facing resistance from public ignorance and the spread of rodenticides.