Born Free USA Blog
by Adam M Roberts,
Chief Executive Officer
When it comes to animals, Adam Roberts not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. Since beginning his animal advocacy career in Washington, D.C. in 1991, Adam's ambition, tireless involvement, and profound knowledge of conservation and wildlife issues have cemented him as a go-to voice for protecting animals — and he has elevated Born Free USA to the respected and impactful organization that we know today. Adam's compassionate, informed, and forward-thinking blogs will surely motivate you to join us in our fight to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
It's a good time to be a mountain lion in Santa Cruz, California! The Department of Fish and Wildlife, researchers at UC Santa Cruz, and other organizations successfully relocated a mountain lion found in an aqueduct recently. This was one of the first relocations since the establishment of the new state policy of utilizing non-lethal methods when wild animals are found in populated areas. The Department of Fish and Wildlife and the researchers at UCSC deserve congratulations for this important step in learning how to coexist peacefully with our wild neighbors.
As humans spread further into wildlife habitats, human-wildlife conflict naturally increases. Many jurisdictions take the easy way out and kill the animals. This sort of solution is inhumane and shortsighted. UCSC researchers and the Department of Fish and Wildlife have proven that non-lethal intervention is a successful and humane alternative to barbaric trapping or thoughtless killing.
With the world population of humans passing seven billion, we are increasingly spreading into wildlife habitats. We must face the inevitable conflict that arises from this expansion and work to coexist with, rather than kill, our precious wildlife – our natural heritage. Let's all follow California's lead and promote the use of non-lethal intervention for the benefit of all wild animals.