Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Manzano Mesa Center
Mountain Lions 101 for First Responders
Field Representative, Mountain Lion Foundation
Guest Speaker Robin Parks retired from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in 2004 after a 25-year career in federal law enforcement. Robin’s work required he work and live in various locations in the US, Europe, Mexico, and on US Navy ships at sea. A lifelong admirer of the great cats, he began doing volunteer work at animal sanctuaries in California and elsewhere in 1999 where he first encountered captive mountain lions. This later led him to the Mountain Lion Foundation (MLF) where he has been a field volunteer on several projects. He now is very much involved in reaching out to law enforcement agencies who are so often the first responders to cougar incidents. Robin’s presentations provide basic cougar biology and general safety tips, and address “myths and misinformation” that surround cougars. He also discuss various “shoot/don’t shoot” considerations and scenarios geared to law enforcement personnel which show that killing a wayward cougar simply because it has wandered into human territory is rarely necessary and is often the wrong decision. Robin lives in San Diego.