Mission Statement

CLAW promotes, educates and protects the fundamental importance of wildlife, wildlife habitats and wildlife corridors in Los Angeles. 
 

Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) works to protect and restore environments of wildlife of Los Angeles and California from dwindling open spaces. Our mission is to promote, educate and protect the fundamental importance of wildlife, wildlife habitats and wildlife corridors everywhere.  

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The well-being of people, wildlife and the environment are closely linked. The impact of urban development in Los Angeles, particularly in the Santa Monica Mountain range, is having an immediate deleterious effect on native flora and fauna. These impacts are not merely a threat but are creating measurable negative results for entire wildlife species. These damages must be mitigated and reversed where possible in order to protect the future of nature where it is not too late.

CLAW supports planning/land use policy shifts prioritizing environment over development. Moreover, we work to expose actions revealing clear and present danger to existing wildlife and habitats, (e.g. preventing hillside fires, exposing environmental criminals and negligent behavior of development, urbanization and industry.)

Although our immediate goals are within the city and county boundaries of Los Angeles, CA our plan is to build a nationwide model. CLAW is currently building a network of unlikely allies to produce tangible results that make a lasting difference in California and around the world. We are joining forces with community-based grassroots groups to help protect the environment against unforeseen impacts of industry, over-development and urbanization. We work with communities, politicians and businesses to find solutions so that people and nature can thrive.


Rodenticides are having a terrible impact on the wildlife in the mountains in and around Los Angeles. I’m pleased to be working with CLAW and looking into ways we can protect our mountain lions and bobcats and restore the natural balance of pest control in our wild areas.
— Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Council, District 5

What We've Achieved

CLAW founders, science advisors and citizen supporters at City Hall celebrate decision to reduce rodenticide use by LA Recreation and Parks Department.     

CLAW founders, science advisors and citizen supporters at City Hall celebrate
decision to reduce rodenticide use by LA Recreation and Parks Department.