Mountain lions are eating California wild donkeys. Why scientists say this is a good thing
Viewed from the air, the San Gabriel Mountains appear in a state of nature. But as the crow flies, the mountains are surrounded by a city, Los Angeles. This natural environment has been invaded by the animal kingdom — including humans.
Los Angeles is home to one of every four California wild donkeys in the wild.
The only place on earth where wild donkeys are protected under state law and where wild donkeys are still allowed to roam freely is in the San Gabriel Mountains. The mountains are a popular destination for hikers and backpackers, where you can get away from the city and enjoy the natural beauty.
Wild donkeys have a number of habitats and live in an enormous variety of environments. They range in size, from the tiny ones that spend most of their time in burrows to large, heavily-muscled creatures on the move.
The San Gabriel Mountains are a high-elevation refuge for the donkeys. It is a place that was intentionally protected from development and was chosen to be a haven for wild donkeys (and a home for humans). The wild donkeys are there, and they’re free to roam.
Since wild donkeys are so dependent on humans, in theory, one could argue that we should feel responsible for making sure that they have a place to live. However, humans are just one part of the ecosystem. We are just as dependent on wild donkeys, so we should accept that we need to make sure the donkeys have all the resources they need.
The San Gabriel Mountains are the only place in the United States where wild donkeys can really roam.
But humans are part of the ecosystem, and that means they can take advantage of wild donkeys, who rely on us. That’s what happened in San Diego County where a man and his five-year-old son were attacked by a mountain lion, and the man was killed immediately after.
The mountain lion was killed and its body was stuffed in a cooler and put on display at the San Diego Zoo. Unfortunately, the animal wasn’t actually killed for science.
In 2010, the same year that the mountain lion was killed in San Diego County, the San Gabriel Mountains were invaded by the animal kingdom, including humans.