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Not in 18 years has a sport hunter legally shot and killed a California mountain lion--a secretive, nocturnal predator that inhabits terrain as disparate as the eastern desert, the Sierra Nevada's snowy slopes and the coastal oak woodlands of Los Angeles and Orange counties. In 1987, the state Department of Fish and Game tried to reintroduce limited hunting of the animals, whose population statewide was estimated to have grown to about 5,100.
April 4, 2014
Re "Mountain lion is killed after stalking O.C. family," April 2 A mother brought her two small children to an Orange County wilderness park despite warnings posted regarding mountain lions; in fact, The Times notes that a fatal mauling took place on the trail in 2004. If a mountain lion can't roam in its natural habitat, where can it roam? Whiting Ranch should ban all children from entering the park when there is a mountain lion risk, as we need to coexist with natural predators.
May 20, 1985
This letter is in reference to your article (April 27) about the decision to kill mountain lions in Placer County. This year five mountain lions will be killed in the Forest Divide area of Placer County to protect sheep ranchers from increased losses they have encountered in the last couple of years. Before more lions are killed I think that the California Fish and Game Commission should study the problem in more depth. Then a better plan can be set up for the management of the mountain lion population in this area.
April 1, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An aggressive mountain lion that had lurked in the brushy hills of southern Orange County was shot and killed after it began stalking a mother and her two children after they set off on a day hike. The woman, and a growing number of fellow hikers and passing mountain bikers, were unable to scare off the cougar, which at one point came within yards of her son. Authorities said the cougar was hiding in the brush near a grade school when they arrived and then marched directly toward them, seemingly unafraid.
April 2, 1986
The state Fish and Game Commission will meet in San Diego Monday to discuss whether to approve a hunting season on mountain lions. The commissioners will consider proposals by hunters and preservationists on how to establish a season, said Pat Moore, a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Game. In January, new legislation allowed the department to establish a hunting season for mountain lions.
March 23, 1996
I would like to put a little perspective from a personal observation into this tremendous problem with mountain lions. I'm a 71-year-old backpacker, and in the last 22 years I have walked every trail and camped in every camp in Los Padres National Forest. There are very few areas in the Sierra Nevada that I haven't walked through and camped in. I backpack at least 10 times a year for three to 12 days each trip and have logged more than 6,150 miles. I have seen 1 (ONE) mountain lion at a distance of about 300 yards--and he was high-tailing it for the nearest ridge, putting distance between him and me. I hope Proposition 197 goes down to the resounding defeat it deserves.
April 7, 1995
Re "U.S. Trackers Kill Cougar suspected in Cyclist attack," March 26: What?! . . . another wild animal shooting? Why can't those responsible capture and relocate these animals? It's not the fault of the animal that people encroach on their areas, but yet the animal has to pay with its life. We should have more respect for our wildlife. MARIE SANSONE Los Angeles Why is it that a cougar, who was following its natural hunting instincts, and who had the unmitigated temerity to challenge a human being trespassing into her territory, was matter-of-factly baited, trapped and slaughtered, while every day cold-blooded, sociopathic and arguably insane humans are allowed to kill other humans, many of whom are innocent victims, and society does nothing.
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A 70-pound mountain lion seen running on the slopes behind a retirement community was sedated by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and taken to the Cleveland National Forest, according to a news release issued Thursday by the city of Mission Viejo. The female mountain lion, believed to be 2 to 5 years old, was first seen near the Palmia retirement community near Santa Margarita Parkway and Promenade. The sighting was reported to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the city.
March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A San Bernardino County woman has been given permission to shoot and kill the mountain lion blamed for killing her llama should it return to her 60-acre ranch in Devore. The mountain lion was spotted in the area over the weekend and Shelly Smith, who has lived on the Cable Canyon Road ranch for more than 25 years, blames the state's drought for driving the mountain lion down onto her property. "We're just assuming that he's thirsty and hungry and coming down for that reason, but unfortunately it's terrorizing our property," Smith told  NBC-LA . After hearing screaming sounds a few weeks ago, Smith said she found her llama, "Frosty," dead and another llama that had been bitten.
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Jason Wells
Authorities continued their hunt Thursday morning for what they said was an "aggressive" mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana and came at police officers "a total of four times" amid a hail of bullets before retreating. Authorities said they do not believe that the large cat -- deemed an "imminent threat" to public safety -- was hit by the gunfire, prompting an overnight search that continued into the predawn hours Thursday. Fontana police said in a statement that the incident began about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when a resident in the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive heard his dog crying out and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his dead 100-pound German shepherd.
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities on Thursday called off the search for a mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana after an “exhaustive” 24 hours. “We believe the contact our officers had with the mountain lion [Wednesday] scared it back into the canyon," Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones said in a statement. Officers responding to the incident shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday initially scared off the large cat from a home's front yard after firing multiple rounds. B ut it returned four times, coming toward officers before returning to the gorge, according to police.
March 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities are searching for an “aggressive” mountain lion that killed a German shepherd in a Fontana backyard Wednesday and kept returning to the home despite being shot at by police. About 3:30 a.m. a resident in the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive heard his dog crying out and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his dead 100-pound German shepherd, the Fontana police said in a statement. When officers arrived, the animal was in the front yard of the home.
February 26, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer and Ari Bloomekatz
The two 10-month-old mountain lion cubs caught by a remote camera feeding on a mule deer carcass in Malibu Creek State Park last week provided welcome relief to researchers who hadn't seen them since they were just 3 weeks old. Biologist Jeff  Sikich  with the National Park Service called the cubs, designated P-30 and P-28, "nice and fat. " "Mom seems to be finding deer and prey for them," he said. Four years ago, "mom" was hailed by  the Park Service as an unknown mountain lion discovered in the Hidden Valley area of the Santa Monica Mountains.
February 25, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A remote camera snapped more than 350 high-quality images of mountain lion P-13 and her kittens as they fed on a mule deer over two nights in Malibu Creek State Park last week.  The cameras were set up to check on the male and female kittens, P-30 and P-28, who biologists haven't seen since they were tagged when they were about three weeks old, said biologist Jeff Sikich with the National Park Service. The kittens are now 10 months old, and though they have trackers that pinpoint their locations, Sikich said he was interested in how healthy they look.
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