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About The Bay Area Puma Project

Did you know we share our home with one of the most powerful and important species in our ecosystem? Pumas (also called mountain lions) have long called the Bay Area home. As our urban edge expands, our homes overlap more and more. Pumas play an important part in keeping our ecosystem healthy, which is why it is important we learn to appreciate and live safely alongside them! That is where the Bay Area Puma Project comes into play.

The Bay Area Puma Project (BAPP) is a project of the Felidae Fund, a world class organization dedicated to research and education. BAPP's goal is to research the Bay Area's puma population and help the residents understand their natural neighbors. Together, we can build a safe world that protects our natural ecosystems.

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We Need You To Make A Difference

We've got good news: you have an incredibly unique set of skills that will help protect the natural world. We need people just like you to help us create change right now in our very own backyard.

Together, we can make a difference.

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Tools & Resources

Curious about pumas in the Bay Area? Want to know how to live peacefully alongside them? How to help prevent them from entering your neighborhood? We offer a number of free resources.

Sightings Map

Many people believe they've seen a puma and we believe it's important to keep track of these sightings, even though not all of them are accurate....

See The Puma Sightings Map

Living Alongside Pumas

Pumas (or cougars) are not inherently aggressive. If you encounter a puma in the wild, there are steps you can take to make sure everything ends peacefully. There...

Learn How To Coexist With Pumas

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Recent News & Updates

Mountain lion attacks on humans- putting into perspective the level of risk

Pumas (aka mountain lions) in California face several threats related to human activity, yet much of the San Francisco Bay Area is still ‘mountain lion country’.

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Research Shows Felids May Need Their Leafy Greens

“Obligate carnivore” – does this phrase sound familiar? One may come across this term in a biology class, or even when looking into their house cat’s dietary needs.

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Taking a Bite Out of Disease: How Bobcats Protect Us from Zoonoses

Bobcats defend us against infectious diseases by maintaining biodiversity’s disease dilution effect and by consuming prey that would otherwise increase the abundance and transmission of disease-causing...

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