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May 24, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
In the end, the mountain lion was probably looking for a place to call his own. Scientists believe the male mountain lion roamed his way down the Santa Monica Mountains early Tuesday, likely following a runoff channel. When daylight broke, he found himself in the middle of the city and scared. The lion was 3, and experts said that was the age to carve out his own territory. "These young guys are looking for a home of their own," said Jeff Sikich, a biologist with the National Park Service.
May 23, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Holy call of the wild: Can't we all just stop killing animals for a while? OK, that's one too many allusions. But it has been a bad spell for America's predators. In Santa Monica on Tuesday, a mountain lion was killed by officers after it wandered into the courtyard of an office building.  And in Alaska this spring, a trapper caught and killed the only breeding female wolf from Denali National Park's Grant Creek pack. Predictably, in both cases animal rights folks -- and just plain folks -- were upset.
May 23, 2012 | Angel Jennings
No one is exactly sure how a mountain lion roamed into the heart of Santa Monica on Tuesday morning, coming face to face with the janitor of an office complex not far from the city's bustling shopping district. But he turned out to be an unwelcome visitor -- and that generated much debate in the city. With news choppers circling overhead, Santa Monica police managed to corner the 3-year-old lion in the courtyard of the complex. Police said they made several attempts to contain what they described as an aggressive feline using tranquilizing darts, nonlethal bullets and a fire hose.
April 15, 2012
The mountain lion hunt that put California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel W. Richards in the center of a political firestorm has him in trouble again. The enforcement chief for the state's Fair Political Practices Commission informed Richards on Thursday that he had violated the gift limits of the Political Reform Act when he went on the Idaho hunt but failed to pay the fee that the Flying B Ranch usually imposes. Richards eventually reimbursed the ranch $6,800 on March 5, but he did it after the expiration of the 30-day time period that state officials are given to pay back the value of an illegal gift, and after a complaint had already been filed with the FPPC.
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.
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.
March 1, 2012
When Daniel W. Richards, the president of the California Fish and Game Commission, went to Idaho and shot a mountain lion, the dead carcass of which he held up gleefully for a photo, he triggered outraged calls for his resignation by California state legislators, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sierra Club California and the head of the Humane Society of the United States. Mountain lions are a protected species in California and have been off-limits to hunters for the last 20 years by virtue of a successful ballot measure.
February 17, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Just about every time a new operating system is released, there are devices that get left behind, and things are no different with Apple's OS X Mountain Lion. This, sadly, is an inherent side effect of progress as Apple moves ahead and continues what it started in Mac OS X Lion , in bringing OS X closer to iOS . But, if you have an older Mac that will be stuck on Lion and thus, stuck a bit in the past, we won't blame you for feeling irritated about it -- as great of an operating system as Lion is. Apple hasn't yet released its official list of Macs that won't get support for Mountain Lion and company officials weren't available for comment on the matter on Friday morning.
February 16, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Apple's next Mac operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, will bring far more integration to iOS found on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch when it arrives this summer. The Cupertino, Calif., company announced Mountain Lion on Thursday, detailing the new version of what was previously known as Mac OS X on its website for consumers. Programmers, meanwhile, were offered the ability to download Mountain Lion so they can get started integrating their apps with the new operating system before its release.
February 11, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The Tejon Ranch has agreed to pay $136,500 in fines and restitution for illegally killing at least 11 mountain lions to prevent them from competing for game with high-paying trophy hunters, the Kern County district attorney's office announced Friday. The settlement capped a 10-month investigation by the California Department of Fish and Game into claims made by a former Tejon Ranch Corp. hunting guide who said he was fired after he complained about the illegal killing of the wild predators.
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