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Rick Hopkins, Author and Cougar Field Researcher

Rick has spent 25 years in the field researching cougars and has testified before Game and Fish Commissions in 5 different states.

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Researcher, California

Rick Hopkins is Co-Owner of Live Oak Associates, an ecological consulting firm based in San Jose, CA. Rick has a Ph.D in Wildlands Resource Science from University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Wildlife Zoology from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. His dissertation focused on cougars, more specifically, the Ecology of the Cougar in the Diablo Range. Rick has spent 25 years in the field researching cougars and has testified before Game and Fish Commissions in 5 different states.

He is the author or co-author of many publications including The Density and Home Range Characteristics of Mountain Lions in the Diablo Range of California, Monitoring Population Trends of Large Carnivores using Track Transects and Current Techniques Used in the Research of Pumas. As an ecologist, Rick has specialized in population ecology, predator ecology, wildlife/habitat relationships, conservation biology, and in developing conservation strategies for many threatened and endangered species throughout California.