When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California

Honorable Mention, 2016 Foreword INDIES Book Awards

Wildness beats in the heart of California’s urban areas. In Los Angeles, residents are rallying to build one of the largest wildlife crossings in the world because of the plight of one lonely mountain lion named P-22. Porpoises cavort in San Francisco Bay again because of a grassroots effort to clean up a waterway that was once a toxic mess. And on the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley, Mark Zuckerberg and his staff have provided a home for an endearing family of wild gray foxes. Through actions as sweeping as citizen science initiatives and as instantaneous as social media posts, a movement of diverse individuals and communities is taking action to recast wildlife as an integral part of our everyday lives. When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors explores this evolving dynamic between humans and animals, including remarkable stories like the journey of the wolf OR-7 and how Californians are welcoming wolves back to the state after a ninety-year absence, how park staff and millions of visitors rallied to keep Yosemite’s famed bears wild, and many more tales from across the state. Written by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom of the National Wildlife Federation, these inspiring stories celebrate a new paradigm for wildlife conservation: coexistence.

Published in collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation. Proceeds from the sale of this book directly benefit the NWF’s wildlife conservation work in California.



“A contemporary and exciting look at wildlife that we all can celebrate.”—Ed Begley Jr.


When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors focuses on a serious problem by presenting meaningful solutions, and is as enjoyable to read as it is informative.”—Jeff Fleischer, Foreword Reviews


“An inherently fascinating and exceptionally informative read from beginning to end.”—Helen Dumont, Midwest Book Review


“Here is a book full of essential wisdom.”—Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild


“This delightful book details our ever-evolving relationship with Earth’s wildest creatures, promising that peaceful coexistence is possible.”—Jennifer Holland, author of the best-selling Unlikely Friendships series


“Filled with unforgettable stories that will spark the desire to help, this is the wildlife book that everyone needs to read. Bravo!”—Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill Book Reviews


“Interweaves hope and examples of ongoing, broad solution approaches...by focusing on the importance of the relationship/education, connectivity, and finally citizen science on the parts of people just like us.”—Jennifer Jewell, Cultivating Place

About the Author

Beth Pratt-BergstromBeth Pratt-Bergstrom has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years. As the California director for the National Wildlife Federation, she says, “I have the best job in the world—advocating for the state’s remarkable animals.” Her conservation work has been featured by The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, BBC World Service, CBS This Morning, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR, and she has written for CNN.com, Boom: A Journal of California, Yellowstone Discovery, Yosemite Journal, and Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite. She is the author of the novel The Idea of Forever and the official Junior Ranger Handbook for Yosemite. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with her husband, four dogs, two cats, and the wildlife that frequents her NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat backyard.