Support for park service biologist

Last week’s “bully babble” letter to the editor, spewing contempt for one of our most admired good-guy biologists and the incredible work of the National Park Service, is not going to stand. And fear-mongering is so old and so tired and so passe.

Keep up the great work Jeff Sikich and NPS. We support you 100 percent.

For 38 years, the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation and our communities have admired and respected your dedication and savvy in preserving this magnificent wildland park we all call home.

We embrace your cutting-edge mountain lion preservation efforts, your research methods and your passion, which we totally share.

We are privileged and grateful to have the expertise of the park service biologists and scientists interwoven into the fabric of this unique landscape mosaic of wild and urban. Lest we forget how important that is, our quality of life has been directly enhanced by the contributions the park service has made and continues to make to our neighborhoods and cities.

Constructive dialogue, outreach and community input and service have always been redeeming features of the National Park Service. We know no agency does it better.

And we marvel at what has been accomplished on the public’s behalf and for the public’s benefit, and are continually appreciative, Jeff, et al, for your integrity and courage.

We join the park service in speaking out and up for all of the “wild and wonderful” that have no voice of their own.

There is no place or merit in inflammatory rhetoric fiction, personal attacks and scare tactics. Instead, consider that we are part of something extraordinary, that is so incredibly thrilling and so worth fighting for—keeping these mountain lions alive and thriving in the country’s largest urban park.

Saving this great place and these great lions for the future is a challenge we can all take and make together. Let’s do it.

Kim Lamorie

Lamorie is president of Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation.