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Wildlife Corridors & Habitat Fragmentation/Wildlife Corridor Ordinance

LA Times endorses CLAW's wildlife corridor initiative. "Angelenos are lucky to live in an urban environment that still has some wildlife and wild spaces left. Let's keep it that way."

LA Times endorses CLAW's wildlife corridor initiative. "Angelenos are lucky to live in an urban environment that still has some wildlife and wild spaces left. Let's keep it that way."

'Environmental and wildlife protection groups such as Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife pushed Los Angeles to adopt the plan, saying it will help maintain genetic variation in urban species that might otherwise become isolated, and will reduce conflict with humans by preventing animals from being confined in residential neighborhoods."

'Environmental and wildlife protection groups such as Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife pushed Los Angeles to adopt the plan, saying it will help maintain genetic variation in urban species that might otherwise become isolated, and will reduce conflict with humans by preventing animals from being confined in residential neighborhoods."

Click here to listen to Alison Simard, a director of Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, who said developers would still be able to build in the area but would have to take elements of a "Biological Constraints Checklist" into account. She said developers will also need to pass a "Wildlife Permeability Review" to ensure proposed structures are not blocking wildlife corridors. "What happens traditionally is that [developers] build their buildings," Simard said, "and the neighbors come along and they say, 'No, no, no! Don't you understand you're blocking wildlife corridor?' We have lawsuits and it costs a lot more money to redesign plans. This would get ahead of that."

Click here to listen to Alison Simard, a director of Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, who said developers would still be able to build in the area but would have to take elements of a "Biological Constraints Checklist" into account. She said developers will also need to pass a "Wildlife Permeability Review" to ensure proposed structures are not blocking wildlife corridors.

"What happens traditionally is that [developers] build their buildings," Simard said, "and the neighbors come along and they say, 'No, no, no! Don't you understand you're blocking wildlife corridor?' We have lawsuits and it costs a lot more money to redesign plans. This would get ahead of that."

"Developments in the Santa Monica Mountains, from Coldwater Canyon to Beverly Glen to Mulholland Drive, have chipped away at wildlife roaming territory for decades. That's why wildlife in Los Angeles is forced into residential areas where they are feared," said Alison Simard of the Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife. "We've been incrementally giving away the space that are the lungs of our city," said Simard. "Progress isn't progress when we're destroying the very environments that keep us safe."

"Developments in the Santa Monica Mountains, from Coldwater Canyon to Beverly Glen to Mulholland Drive, have chipped away at wildlife roaming territory for decades. That's why wildlife in Los Angeles is forced into residential areas where they are feared," said Alison Simard of the Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife. "We've been incrementally giving away the space that are the lungs of our city," said Simard. "Progress isn't progress when we're destroying the very environments that keep us safe."

"Activists like Tony Tucci, a founding Co-Director at CLAW, are spreading the word to help us understand the holistic world we live in. Environmentalism is getting the attention it deserves..."

"Activists like Tony Tucci, a founding Co-Director at CLAW, are spreading the word to help us understand the holistic world we live in. Environmentalism is getting the attention it deserves..."


Let's Buy A Mountain

 LA Times endorses CLAW's "Let's Buy A Mountain" project, "It's impressive to see the residents of Laurel Canyon try a different way to keep open land in their community before it can be turned into houses and parking lots."  

 LA Times endorses CLAW's "Let's Buy A Mountain" project"It's impressive to see the residents of Laurel Canyon try a different way to keep open land in their community before it can be turned into houses and parking lots."  

ABC Eyewitness News  {VIDEO} "Let's Buy A Mountain"

ABC Eyewitness News  {VIDEO} "Let's Buy A Mountain"


Stories about CLAW

Speak Magazine 2017 wildlife issue profiles CLAW.. Click here for entire article.

Speak Magazine 2017 wildlife issue profiles CLAW.. Click here for entire article.

LA Zoo View profiles CLAW in a special feature Community Connection.

CLAW featured in national profile from Florida to California, wild animals are invading cities—and humans are invading wildlife habitat—like never before. What are they trying to tell us?

CLAW featured in national profile from Florida to California, wild animals are invading cities—and humans are invading wildlife habitat—like never before. What are they trying to tell us?

A community wildlife nonprofit spawned from efforts to protect Laurel Canyon’s wildlife corridor called Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, or CLAW, increased pressure on the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to ban the use of rodenticides from over 400 nature areas throughout the county.

A community wildlife nonprofit spawned from efforts to protect Laurel Canyon’s wildlife corridor called Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, or CLAW, increased pressure on the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to ban the use of rodenticides from over 400 nature areas throughout the county.

CLAW successfully gets LA City Council and Dept of Parks & Rec to stop using super toxic rat poison in more than 16,000 acres of parks and wilderness areas.

CLAW successfully gets LA City Council and Dept of Parks & Rec to stop using super toxic rat poison in more than 16,000 acres of parks and wilderness areas.

CLAW praised the City of Los Angeles' decision to stop using second-generation anti-coagulant rat poison, which can also harm animals further up the food chain, including mountain lions and coyotes. 

CLAW praised the City of Los Angeles' decision to stop using second-generation anti-coagulant rat poison, which can also harm animals further up the food chain, including mountain lions and coyotes. 

Annenberg TV News profiles CLAW's campaign to ban rat poison that's killed thousands of animals and poisoned children. 

Annenberg TV News profiles CLAW's campaign to ban rat poison that's killed thousands of animals and poisoned children. 


CLAW takes action

Alison Simard, co-founder of CLAW, said that the problem of rodenticide poisoning is more widespread than people know. "We are getting reports of hawks and owls literally falling out of the sky," Simard said. 

Alison Simard, co-founder of CLAW, said that the problem of rodenticide poisoning is more widespread than people know. "We are getting reports of hawks and owls literally falling out of the sky," Simard said. 

Co-Founder of Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife Skip Haynes said that if residents eradicate or displace coyotes, rodent populations boom, precipitating a greater nuisance - and coyote population. 

Co-Founder of Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife Skip Haynes said that if residents eradicate or displace coyotes, rodent populations boom, precipitating a greater nuisance - and coyote population. 

CLAW speaks out to ban grip or snare traps to Los Angeles City Council who subsequently agreed to the ban. 

CLAW speaks out to ban grip or snare traps to Los Angeles City Council who subsequently agreed to the ban. 

CLAW was on hand to urge the city to abandon the use of all rat poisons for its facilities

CLAW was on hand to urge the city to abandon the use of all rat poisons for its facilities

CLAW kid River Simard, age 10, speaks at rally to support a wildlife crossing bridge over the 101 freeway in Agoura Hills at Liberty Canyon. 

CLAW kid River Simard, age 10, speaks at rally to support a wildlife crossing bridge over the 101 freeway in Agoura Hills at Liberty Canyon. 

CLAW is interviewed about working with Councilmember Paul Koretz to phase out and regulate the sale, purchase and use of super-toxic anti-coagulate rodenticde in the City of Los Angeles. 

CLAW is interviewed about working with Councilmember Paul Koretz to phase out and regulate the sale, purchase and use of super-toxic anti-coagulate rodenticde in the City of Los Angeles. 

CLAW coyote advocate Skip Haynes is profiled as he tracked, trapped and rehabilitated a coyote in his backyard in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. 

CLAW coyote advocate Skip Haynes is profiled as he tracked, trapped and rehabilitated a coyote in his backyard in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.