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September 16, 2003 | David Lukas
[CERVUS ELAPHUS] What's that eerie sound? The squealing, quavering, whistling bellow of elk reverberates this month and next throughout the northern woods of Del Norte and Humboldt counties, where it's rutting time. Once plentiful in California, elk rebounded from near extinction after being overhunted in the late 1800s. Several thousand now roam the coastal mix of old-growth forest, grassy meadow and open clear cut.
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Elks Lodge in San Pedro nearly burned to the ground early Tuesday morning after a fire started sometime in the middle of the night -- the second blaze on the property this week. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which Los Angeles Fire Department officials said started sometime before 3 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found the 33,700-square-foot, two-story building completely engulfed in flames, officials said, and it took more than 100 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the blaze.
June 22, 2004 | Pete Thomas
CALIFORNIA elk are flourishing, delighting hunters who hope to score one of 312 elk tags -- a record allotment -- for summer and fall seasons. Prescribed burns, habitat improvement and animal relocation programs have helped herds, which number about 9,100 tule elk, Roosevelt elk and Rocky Mountain elk. Most are found in the Owens Valley, Central Valley and Northern California. "We had a half-million elk at one point," said Jon Fischer, an elk specialist with the Department of Fish and Game.
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Firefighters were still trying to determine Tuesday how much damage was caused by a fire that burned through San Pedro's Elks Lodge, a huge building that housed decades of organization history. “I'm sick about it, terribly sick,” said Kuzma Domanchich, 91, who joined the San Pedro Elks Lodge 52 years ago. “I'm here everyday for lunch and Sunday for brunch. Seeing this scene, it's a terrible loss.” The lodge - a 33,700-square-foot, two-story building with three tennis courts, an auditorium and Olympic-sized pool - was built in 1957 and sits on a bluff facing the ocean.
February 22, 2005 | Ashley Powers
Rounding up elk by helicopter, state wildlife officials netted 37 animals at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos last week and trucked them to new habitat to expand the population in California.
October 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 1,500 commercial elk are being destroyed in Colorado and other states to stop a fatal disease that threatens to spread to wild deer and elk. The outbreak of chronic wasting disease was traced last month mainly to the Elk Echo Ranch in Stoneham. State Agriculture Department spokeswoman Linh Truong said 1,500 elk in Colorado were marked for destruction, beginning with 148 on Thursday, and the number could grow.
December 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A small jet hit an elk as it was taking off in Warrenton and caught fire. None of the four people aboard was injured. The elk died. Three civilians and one military official were on board the Learjet, which was under contract to the Canadian government, said Astoria Regional Airport manager Ron Larsen.
September 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
IDAHO State game officers shot and killed eight elk that they said had escaped from a private hunting reserve and posed a threat to the genetic purity of wild herds roaming near Yellowstone National Park on the Idaho-Wyoming border. The five cow and three young elk were the first game-farm elk killed under an emergency order issued Thursday by Idaho Gov. Jim Risch, authorizing state agents to destroy the estimated 75 to 160 farm-raised elk.
July 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal officials are considering killing Yellowstone National Park elk infected with a livestock disease. Government agencies have killed more than 6,000 wild bison leaving Yellowstone over the last 20 years in an effort to contain brucellosis, which causes cattle to abort. Cattle in parts of Wyoming and Montana where there have been no bison for decades are being infected, and livestock officials in both states are now targeting elk as the cause.
March 14, 2005
Your article on "Big Daddy," the bull elk that was poached near Big Valley Springs (Column One, Feb. 8) was reprinted in the Anchorage Daily News recently. As a wildlife biologist of over 25 years who has studied elk extensively, I wish to comment on the closing thought in this article -- now that "Big Daddy" is gone, the elk may not return. This notion, plus a couple of earlier references to this bull's relationship with a group of cows and young bulls, suggest that adult bull elks "lead" and play an important role in determining what elk groups do. This idea is incorrect.
April 11, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
You don't have to travel all the way to East Africa to go on safari. Grab your binoculars and camera and scan the 50-mile-long Carrizo Plain National Monument for its array of wildlife. Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known as California's Serengeti, is the largest single native grassland remaining in the Golden State. It's home to the highest concentration of endangered species in California. Drive slowly on Soda Lake Road and search for herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk. The real challenge will be spotting rarer critters such as the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope ground squirrel and giant kangaroo rat. Don't ignore old fence posts either, favorite perches for raptors such as ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and American kestrels.
February 6, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is the season for wild birds and boar, for elk and all manner of game. Some is flown in from Scotland or Texas or New Zealand. And not every chef or restaurant indulges, so when they do, be ready to take advantage. It's easy to see chefs' fascination with exotic birds and animals. Game's flavor is deep and true. It also takes real skill to cook without drying it out and a keen sense of what flavors to pair with it. And since the supply is sporadic and as certain game comes in out of season, chefs have to be flexible.
May 27, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On a routine patrol, park ranger Stephanie Sutton spots a looming confrontation between tourist and nature - in this case, the driver of a white SUV and a 500-pound elk. The large female elk lopes along a road shoulder in the woodsy visitors village on the canyon's South Rim. Within moments, Sutton is in the middle of a peculiar hazard known in Grand Canyon National Park as an elk jam. Cars and RVs jam on their brakes, disgorging...
January 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
During World War II, the late Manjo and Betty Miyata were among the thousands of Japanese Americans sent to an internment camp in Tule Lake, Calif. Seventy years later, their grandson, Kyle Larson, is one of the hottest prospects in American motor racing with an eye toward joining NASCAR's best. Larson is a 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, Calif., whose winning record in racing's minor leagues is turning heads throughout the sport. And as the slight, 5-foot-6 Larson keeps climbing each rung of his racing's career ladder, he's inviting comparisons to the early achievements of such star drivers as Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.
November 26, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Officials are investigating the Thanksgiving Day killing of a charging grizzly bear by three members of a hunting party who were stalking elk in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Jackie Skaggs, public affairs director for the park, told the Los Angeles Times that investigators haven't concluded yet whether they will classify the hunters' killing of the adult, male grizzly bear as justifiable self-defense. PHOTOS: Abandoned bear cub rescued “We don't really suspect foul play,” she told The Times.
November 5, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The Hoboken Elks club has served 800 to 1,000 hot meals since the storm, and it saw steady traffic Sunday as more people sought a warm meal and place to eat it. "It's getting better because the lights are coming on, but there's still not a lot of heat and hot water for people because there was flooding and the hot water heaters were trashed," said Eddie Madigan, 49, a cook at the Elks. "We anticipate more people coming out. " Madigan had no heat or hot water at his house, but that didn't seem to matter -- he had been volunteering at the Elks all week.
February 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The state plans to relocate several dozen tule elk from the Concord Naval Weapons Station to make way for thousands of homes, wildlife officials said. Beginning next week, crews plan to trap about 40 elk with nets dropped from helicopters and haul them in trailers to the federal Cache Creek Natural Area near Willows, Calif., the state Department of Fish and Game said Thursday. The city is considering building as many as 13,000 homes on more than 5,000 acres on the southern portion of the base.
October 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
All 37 elk that Ron Stigall bought last winter to start his Cross Canyon Elk Ranch near Salmon will be destroyed because they came from a Colorado operation where an elk was found to have chronic wasting disease. Phil Mamer, a veterinary medical officer for the Idaho Department of Agriculture, said Stigall's ranch was quarantined Sept. 19 after it was learned that its elk came from the Rancho Anta Grande in Del Norte, Colo.
August 13, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
The cities of Sacramento and Elk Grove are the latest municipalities to consider a plan that would seize troubled mortgages using eminent domain and restructure them for homeowners, according to a news report. The plan would adopt a program already under consideration in Southern California that would use private funds to acquire underwater mortgages -- those where the homes wouldn't sell for enough money to pay off the loans. Under the proposal, the condemned loans would be restructured, lowering the amount owed, with the intent of helping the owner keep the property.
March 29, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
British artist Luke Jerram's “Play Me, I'm Yours” piano installation, which has been touring the world since 2008, is coming to Los Angeles for three weeks, featuring 30 pianos in public places around the city . Sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, it begins April 12 with 30 pianists performing Bach preludes simultaneously. For additional info, call (213) 622-7001, Ext. 221, or visit  . . . . That scenic stretch of Highway 1 from Cambria to Carmel has been closed by a rock slide . Caltrans has not set a reopening time . . . . Bear Mountain  and Mountain High  are sitting pretty for spring break after recent storms dropped several feet of snow.
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