Caught on camera: Majestic elk, playful fawns, slinky pumas
by Kristina Malsberger on
Wildlife cameras show animals thriving in Lost Coast Redwoods habitat
Something wonderful happens when a redwood forest is protected. Just ask the black bears, coyotes, and mountain lions padding past the League’s wildlife cameras at Lost Coast Redwoods. These creatures can be seen loping down former logging roads or nosing through the underbrush, undisturbed by lumber trucks or construction crews. Free of the threat of clear cutting or development, this magnificent stretch of Mendocino coastline exists as a wonderland for wildlife.
Things weren’t always so idyllic. Lost Coast Redwoods was under commercial timber management when Save the Redwoods League stepped in to acquire it in 2021. Along with safeguarding 2,250 acres of coast redwood forest, the acquisition allowed us to connect crucial habitat. The League’s Shady Dell property lies directly to the north, adjoining Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Like interlocking puzzle pieces, these protected lands now create one contiguous habitat that’s ideal for large species that need room to roam.
Photos from League wildlife cams show how American black bears, Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, mountain lions, coyotes, small mammals, and all sorts of bird species are thriving in this coastal haven. Check out the on-camera cameos below, or learn more about our work at Lost Coast Redwoods.
About the author
Kristina Malsberger works to enliven the conversation around conservation as the Writer/Storyteller & Editor at Save the Redwoods League.