Mountain Lion press conference – Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

Here is my speech from the mountain lion press conference from today.

“I’m Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates. We’re licensed by the CADFG to rescue ill, injured and orphaned native wildlife for release back to the wild. We rescue coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, skunks all the way down to mice, rats and bats right here in Santa Monica.
All of us here today have the same goal. We all want to help wildlife, all animals and people. I know that the Santa Monica Police Department, California Department of Fish & Game did not WANT to kill the mountain lion. In the past Fish & Game wardens have successfully darted and released bears and other wildlife. That was their goal.
In Defense of Animals, Animal Advocates, The Paw Project and others are here today to help prevent future animals at large from being killed. I wasn’t present when the mountain lion was shot so I’m not going to point any fingers at anyone. I’m here today to help animals in the future. 
After a wild animal is killed or a police officer shoots a gun there must be an incident report and an after action review. IDA, AA and the Paw Project would like to be a part of the after action review. We would like the process to be public, transparent. An after action review is a structured review process for analyzing what happened, why it happened, and how it can be done better in the future. We’d like to offer our help and suggestions. We’d also like to offer our experienced and trained experts to help in the capture of an animal at large in the future. 
Please, everyone, contact SMPD and CADFG. Let them know that you want outside animal groups involved in the after action review and in any future attempts to capture animals at large. I know that all of us working together can help save animals’ lives. Thank you.”
Dr. Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project also spoke. She gave a compelling and passionate speech about just wanting to help save animals in the City. She has successfully tranquilized over 500 big cats in just the last ten years. She should have been called in to help.

Photos from the event.

Bill Dyer of In Defense of Animals speaks

Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project speaks while holding her dart gun

Dr. Jennifer Conrad speaks
Dr. Jennifer Conrad shows her dart gun, darts and drugs

Mountain lion was napping in the courtyard in the back

The X marks where the lion was napping.

There’s a ton of media coverage. I called all the media in Southern California. Hopefully they will let our Subject Matter Expert (SME) Dr. Jennifer Conrad and I be part of the review report. We need to set up a chain of command, protocol for dealing with animals at large in the future. Santa Monica has the chance to show the rest of the state how to humanely handle animals at large. I get called in when they have coyotes, bobcats, raccoons and no one has ever had to shoot one. I know how to capture these animals. We can arrange wolf, big cat, exotic cat experts to help.

Mary Cummins

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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