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May 14, 1987 | ILANA DeBARE, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of environmental groups filed suit against the California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday in the latest attempt to stop the resumption of mountain lion hunting in the state. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, asked the court to set aside last month's commission decision authorizing the first legal mountain lion hunting season in the state since 1971.
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March 13, 2012
LACMA's rock party Re " Mass attraction: A traveling 340-ton boulder draws thousands of fans into its orbit ," March 9, and " At journey's end ," March 11 The journey of rock art on its path to LACMA is an unbelievable example of a can-do attitude. Someone said: "I want to transport a 340-ton rock through some of the most densely populated areas in the United States," and someone responded: "I can do this. " This effort is a marvel of engineering; I am in awe of the people who could successfully accomplish this enormous endeavor.
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NEWS
June 21, 1988 | TODD J. GILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge on Monday rejected Fish and Game Commission regulations intended to permit California's first mountain lion hunting season in 16 years, and opponents said it is unlikely the state can comply with the ruling in time to start the hunt Oct. 8 as scheduled. "Until the Fish and Game Commission complies with the California Environmental Quality Act there will be no trophy hunting of mountain lions," predicted Michael H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2012 | GEORGE SKELTON
If it had not been for the graphic picture, few people would have known or cared. Or if he had merely framed the photo and hung it in his own den, showing it off as a low-profile trophy to close family and friends, he could have escaped the lion's den. Pun intended. Instead, Dan Richards proudly distributed to the world the picture of him holding up a magnificent man-size mountain lion he had just shot. He's holding the corpse as if he's hugging it and he's sporting a gleeful grin.
SPORTS
November 15, 1989 | RICH ROBERTS
Pete Bontadelli fears for the future of hunting in California. The director of the California Department of Fish and Game expects activists opposing the hunting of mountain lions to obtain enough signatures to qualify an initiative for a statewide ballot, which he thinks will then pass with about 55% of the vote, thereby banning lion hunting forever. "People like Robert Redford have a lot of appeal to the people of California," Bontadelli told the Outdoor Writers Assn.
NEWS
April 9, 1988 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
The California Fish and Game Commission, thwarted in its attempt to allow sport hunting of mountain lions a year ago, voted Friday to allow hunters to kill 190 of the big cats this year. The decision, if it withstands an expected court challenge, will allow hunters to shoot lions for trophies for the first time since the Legislature banned such killings 16 years ago. Lion hunting will be limited to northern and central parts of the state.
NEWS
June 21, 1988 | United Press International
A Superior Court ruling Monday raised new legal questions about the state Fish and Game Commission's plan to revive California's mountain lion hunting season, and opponents predicted that the long-delayed trophy hunt will not occur this season.
NEWS
April 5, 1987 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Lobbyist Bill Yeates sees the debate over the future of mountain lions in California as a classic struggle. "It's an almost religious fight on both sides," Yeates, who lobbies for the Mountain Lion Coalition, said in a recent interview. "The hunters view our position as taking away their right to hunt, to carry a gun, their entire conservative way of life." Yeats said his organization is "absolutely unbending" in its opposition to shooting mountain lions for sport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1987
The recent decision of the California Fish and Game Commission to end the 15-year moratorium on mountain lion hunting is an outrage. Three-fifths of the commission turned their backs on the over 65,000 signatures of Californians against the hunt, in favor of the far smaller and far more powerful hunting lobby. That 190 magnificent mountain lions may end up as trophies on the walls of this bloodthirsty minority is a tragedy--one, I pray, the majority will heartily protest. STEPHANIE HURTIK San Diego
NEWS
March 14, 1996 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Conservationist-supported legislation that would explicitly ban the killing of mountain lions for sport was derailed Wednesday in the state Senate until after voters decide the fate of Proposition 197 on March 26. In postponing action, members of the state Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee temporarily avoided entangling themselves in the politically charged ballot issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
By firing a single rifle shot at a wandering mountain lion during an Idaho hunting trip, California's top fish and game commissioner has inflamed the political divide in a state where hunters and advocates for the hunted alike feel under attack. The National Rifle Assn. put out a nationwide alert for members to support Daniel Richards, president of the state Fish and Game Commission, after photos he posted with his dead quarry in Idaho launched calls for his resignation from a commission that oversees wildlife policy in California.
OPINION
March 5, 2012
War without end Re " A drug war success story? ," Opinion, Feb. 29 William C. Rempel's Op-Ed article on the 1989 cocaine bust in Sylmar that ultimately strengthened the Mexican drug cartels illustrates the folly of the continuing war on drugs. This war is an arms race in which the opponent has no morals and no qualms about a scorched-earth strategy. Increasingly, the casualties are innocent people and entire economic sectors, such as Mexican tourism and trips by charitable organizations to the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2003 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Though he insists that he only wants to scare the animal, not kill it, a land speculator received a permit this week to hunt down the last male mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains after losing five goats. Brian A.
NEWS
March 14, 1996 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Conservationist-supported legislation that would explicitly ban the killing of mountain lions for sport was derailed Wednesday in the state Senate until after voters decide the fate of Proposition 197 on March 26. In postponing action, members of the state Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee temporarily avoided entangling themselves in the politically charged ballot issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1995 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Animal rights groups on Thursday attacked a statewide measure on the March ballot that would end a ban against hunting mountain lions, calling the initiative a ruse by gun enthusiasts and others hoping to bring the trophy sport back to California. The animal rights advocates accused the authors of Proposition 197 of seeking support by whipping up public hysteria with stories of vicious--but isolated--attacks in recent years.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1992 | T. H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Andy Warhol said "everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." It was a cute, catchy phrase, just like "Let them eat cake." Both were uttered from a position that didn't acknowledge anything less than famous or rich. That's exactly what's wrong with the Stronzi family in Jonah Maidoff and Patrick Burke's "Lion Hunting in North America," at the Burbage Theatre. The Stronzis are a sign of the times.
SPORTS
May 29, 1990 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dave Fjelline makes his living hunting mountain lions. In California. Legally. That alone sets him apart from the state's 30 million other citizens, even if his lean, flinty-eyed, red-suspender look of the frontiersman didn't. Nodding toward his sidekick, Cliff Wylie, Fjelline says: "You're looking at the two individuals that have treed more lions in California (than anyone else) . . . and I've never seen a fat lion hunter yet, so it can't be too easy."
NEWS
August 24, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite two mountain lion attacks on Orange County children in 1986, California has enacted some of the toughest laws to protect cougars, although they are not endangered and their numbers are growing statewide. "Cougars are pretty tightly protected now," said Earl Lauppe, a wildlife management supervisor with the state Department of Fish and Game.
NEWS
June 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jury selection moved slowly in the trial of a Monterey County couple charged with illegally importing exotic cats for a commercial hunting enterprise on their sprawling ranch. Floyd and Dawn Patterson were arrested in April for allegedly charging hunters a fee to kill tigers, lions and jaguars, including some old and toothless animals that refused to budge from their cages, where they were shot.
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