Angeleno Stories — Mountain Lion Man

Hello readers, a few weeks ago filmmaker Anna Dale posted the first episode of something we’re calling Angeleno Stories. I posted it on several social media platforms but it didn’t dawn on me until a couple of days ago that I should probably post it here, on my website. So here it is!

“Intrepid cougar tracker Robert Martinez sits down with writer and SoCal explorer Eric Brightwell to share some astounding L.A. wildlife stories, footage, and photos. Many Angelenos are aware that the built environment has displaced deer, coyote, skunk, and raccoons; more recently, the arrival of lone mountain lion P-22 in Hollywood‘s Griffith Park has helped advocates publicize the plight of big cats in the overdeveloped Santa Monica Mountains. But Robert and his lions inhabit a different Los Angeles: a secret kingdom overlooking the city, where bears, foxes, eagles, and bobcats act out their daily dramas relatively undisturbed, as they have for thousands of years.”

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Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, essayist, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking paid writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities. He is not interested in generating advertorials, cranking out clickbait, or laboring away in a listicle mill “for exposure.”
Brightwell has written for Angels Walk LAAmoeblogBoom: A Journal of CaliforniadiaCRITICSHidden Los Angeles, and KCET Departures. His art has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft ContemporaryForm Follows FunctionLos Angeles County Store, the book SidewalkingSkid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured as subject in The Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostLos Angeles MagazineLAistCurbedLAEastsider LABoing BoingLos Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW’Which Way, LA?, at Emerson College, and the University of Southern California. Art prints of Brightwell’s maps are available from Saatchi Art and 1650 Gallery.
Brightwell is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on AmebaDuolingoFacebookGoodreadsInstagramMubi, and Twitter.
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