April 24, 2013 |
Scientists have uncovered a Canadian lynx specimen that briefly roamed the British countryside, at least until it killed two dogs and was dispatched by a gun-wielding farmer in southwestern England. The discovery probably will cause fanatics of the British Big Cat Theory to smile like a Cheshire Cat. They've been trying to convince skeptics that people who've reported seeing a large black panther and any number of smaller feral felids are not crazy. This lynx, however, is long dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 |
DUNLAP, Calif. - For Dianna Hanson, getting an internship at a remote feline conservancy in the hills east of Fresno was the culmination of a lifelong love of big cats. As a young girl, she drew pictures of tigers and told people she wanted to be a "pet store lady" or zookeeper. After graduating from college, she moved to Kenya to work at a wildlife conservancy. Then on Jan. 1, the 24-year-old and her father drove from Washington to this small Fresno County town where Hanson began a six-month internship at Project Survival's Cat Haven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2013 |
DUNLAP, Calif. - A 26-year-old woman was attacked and killed by a lion at a Fresno County cat sanctuary Wednesday, and deputies shot the animal as they rushed to rescue the victim. Project Survival's Cat Haven houses lions, tigers, cheetahs and jaguars in enclosures on a boulder-strewn hillside about half a mile off the main road to Kings Canyon National Park. The nonprofit sanctuary, which raises money for conservation causes, gets about 10,000 visitors a year but is closed midweek. At the time of the attack, there were only two volunteers, both women in their 20s, at the 93-acre park. The woman who was killed was an intern; the other is a more experienced volunteer at the park.
December 9, 2012 |
In 1985, I shot someone. It happened outside the Rustic Inn, a bar in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles near Compton, which was where I spent most of my free time back then. Moments before the shooting, I had been in a barroom brawl. My friend George and I were drinking Heinekens and taking sips off a half-pint of Seagram's VO we'd stashed atop a rickety wooden beam at the beer-only bar's side-porch entrance. Three guys walked in and began staring at us. George, a big guy quick to unleash his fists, asked them - in Comptonese - what they were looking at. It was on. I'm not a great brawler, but I'm a good friend, and I couldn't let George go one-on-three.
December 8, 2012 |
For the premiere episode of its third annual Big Cat Week, National Geographic Wild has upped the stakes. Having already explored man-eating lions and most of their lethally gorgeous kindred, this Big Cat Week opens Sunday night in Kabul where big cat tracker and National Geo fave Boone Smith and his team stops before entering the mountains in search of the elusive snow leopard. Hoping to find a part for their busted radio transmitter, they wander the streets of the Afghanistan capital like "Homeland" extras, while the requisite urgent voiceover explains that the Taliban is currently on a killing spree and that Smith and his team would do well to keep a low profile.
September 4, 2012 |
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is now home to a "ferocious" saber-toothed-cat puppet featured in a performance titled "Ice Age Encounters. " On Wednesday the life-sized animatronic puppet will be "prowling" Miracle Mile, and to celebrate, the museum has commissioned free Coolhaus "saber-toothed cat" ice cream sandwiches (snickerdoodle ice cream with red velvet cookies). It's "the Ice Age plus ice cream," get it? From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. catch the saber-toothed cat and Coolhaus on the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Curson Avenue.