Mountain Lion, San Nicolas Island

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Mountain Lion, San Nicolas Island


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Nicolas Island H. Keene UCLA November 11, 1929 UCLA-18298 Felis concolor californica Mammals


When questioned about this mountain lion skull listed in the collections at UCLA, Kathy Molina, UCLA-Dickey Bird and Mammal Collections, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology responded: “ The specimen, a skull, is indeed of Felis concolor. The locality for the label reads simply: “Ventura Co., California” . On the reverse it states “Stone corral, caught in trap.” “Estimated 5-yrs. old.” “Wt. 128 lbs.” In the database ledger (from which the electronic database was transcribed), the preceding entry for an island fox has for its locality: “CA: Ventura Co., Channel Islands, San Nicolas I.” The person entering data for the next line, the one for the mountain lion in question, used ditto marks to indicate the common parts of the locality (i.e. CA: Ventura Co.) for the two consecutive records. They then wrote: “Stone Corral”. The Channel Islands, or San Nicolas I. never appear in the ledger for the mountain lion specimen. When the ledger entry was transcribed electronically, I think it was erroneously assumed that the more specific locality for the fox (Channel Islands and San Nicolas) was also to be repeated for the lion. I have no other documentation associated with the specimen. There is a Stone Corral Creek in Ventura Co., in the Sespe Wilderness area, so Stone Corral may be referring to this site on the mainland, which makes much more sense. ”