Korinna is a wildlife biologist from Los Angeles, California, USA. Before founding the Cougar Conservancy, she worked on a variety of wildlife projects in the field that include species such as Roosevelt elk, black bears, cougars, North American porcupines, and river otters. She received her B.Sc. in Wildlife Management & Conservation from Humboldt State University.
Korinna has worked throughout the western U.S. to enhance human-cougar relationships through education, outreach, conflict management, and science-based policy.
In 2016, Korinna was part of the team that pushed for Assembly Bill 8, introduced by Assembly Member Richard Bloom, which would authorize, rather than require, the issuance of depredation permits. Out of this came the 2017 amendment to the depredation policy—also known as the “stepwise permit policy” or the “three-strike policy”—that added protections for cougars living in the Santa Ana and Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California.
Korinna was honored by California Senator Anthony Portantino in 2019 for her “dedication in educating the community about living with mountain lions.” During the same year, she co-led efforts to list Southern and Central Coast mountain lions under the California Endangered Species Act. In 2020, these imperiled populations were granted temporary protected status.
Korinna founded the Cougar Conservancy in April of 2020 after the legal killing of mountain lion P-56 caused a major uproar in the conservation community. She works collaboratively with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and private partners to prevent, manage, and reduce human-cougar conflicts.
Leigh is a wildlife conservation scientist and artist from Oakland, California, USA. Leigh has researched the behavioral ecology of urban carnivores in the East Bay Area since obtaining a B.A. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 and a M.Sc. at Humboldt State University in Wildlife Management in 2021. Their research has prioritized identifying roots of human-carnivore conflicts to provide science-based recommendations on how to promote coexistence and conserve biodiversity.
Leigh has volunteered for the Cougar Conservancy team as a conservation artist and science communicator since the organization’s inception in 2020 and is enthusiastic about expanding the reach of the Cougar Conservancy’s coexistence programming throughout Los Angeles and beyond.
Conservation Photographer &
Director of Cougarmagic
Scientist, Wildlife Corridor Specialist,
& Author of the Mountain Lion CESA Petition
Florida Panther Biologist
Los Angeles, California, USA
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