“A contemporary and exciting look at wildlife that we all can celebrate.”—Ed Begley Jr.

“This delightful book details our ever-evolving relationship with Earth’s wildest creatures, promising that peaceful coexistence is possible.”—Jennifer Holland, author of the best-selling Unlikely Friendships series

Wildness beats in the heart of California’s urban areas.

A mountain lion known as P-22 lives in the middle of Los Angeles. Porpoises cavort in San Francisco Bay after a sixty-five year absence. And on the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley, Mark Zuckerberg and his staff have provided a home for an endearing family of wild gray foxes.

A movement of diverse individuals and communities is taking action to recast wildlife as an integral part of our everyday lives.

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors explores this evolving dynamic between humans and animals, including remarkable stories like how Californians are welcoming wolves back to the state after the incredible journey of the wolf OR-7, how park staff and millions of visitors rallied to keep Yosemite’s famed bears wild, and many more tales from across the state. Written by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom of the National Wildlife Federation, these inspiring stories celebrate a new paradigm for wildlife conservation: coexistence. 


Photos: Rebecca Abbey, Karl Frankowski, Steve Winter, John Gadbois, Robert E. Riggins, Bill Keener, NPS, Greg Kerekez.


When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors Featured in the LA Times Holiday Books Gift Guide!


Now available online on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's and more, and in bookstores nationwide!

Published by Heyday Books. Proceeds from the sale of this book directly benefit the NWF’s wildlife conservation work in California.


The Huffington Post

"It’s one thing to say we should figure out how to live with other critters and another thing to do it. Beth Pratt-Bergstrom’s new book, When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working it Out in California, provides a pretty happy litany of species we do still have around, and positive stories about how folks are getting along with them." Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Science

LA Observed

"One comes away from the book with a feeling of domesticity, mostly content that California seems to be one big happy multispecies family, but with underlying concerns, of course, as in any modern family." Jon Christensen