Lila Brooks turned 103 years old on Thursday, but she does not consider herself old.
“I want to be active. I want to still accomplish things. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I have a terrific memory. I am articulate. I am not feeling old at all,” she said. “I still want to feel like I am a useful member of society.”
About four decades ago, Brooks advocated for water pools to be installed for coyotes in Los Angeles area mountains and canyons. She also called for banning the use of steel-jawed leg traps for coyotes and has participated in anti-fur marches.