The ever expanding highway infrastructure of the United States is a great way to make different terrains accessible to us humans. But our growth is simultaneously limiting local wildlife to increasingly small tracts of land. A major area of concern is in the Santa Monica Mountains, where the mountain lion population has thrived for hundreds of years. Recent civilian developments have resulted in lions being restricted in their freedom to roam and, as such, having to breed in smaller genetic pools, creating potentially complex genetic mutations and weaknesses in future lion generations.
The National Wildlife Federation in California has been spearheading an effort to help these amazing animals safely cross the major highways that are preventing prides in the region from conducting their habitual migrations. With help from Dragonfly’s high quality aerial drone surveys, a safe and viable area was identified to create crossings that would feel sufficiently natural and organic for the lions to use. This project is crucial in ensuring that the genetic diversity required for healthy and thriving offspring is available. It has been our great pride and pleasure to work alongside the NWF in their quest to provide safe crossings for the Mountain Lions.
“We loved working with Dragonfly UAS. The aerial survey we obtained for our conservation project was incredible and added tremendous value. Lauder and his team were safe, professional and easy to work with”
Regional Executive Director, California, National Wildlife Federation