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July 24, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Gulping down Mountain Dew, the biologist was fighting fatigue. He had slept six or seven hours in the last couple of days. On top of that, his hand was swollen and infected. An eagle chick had pierced it with talons as sharp as a longshoreman's hook and then decided to hold on for a while. Even so, David Garcelon gave a hearty greeting to the dazed bird he was freeing from its shipping crate. "Hello, little one," he said. "Welcome to Santa Cruz Island."
January 15, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
When biologists gaze upon the rare Santa Cruz Island fox, they see a delicate species found nowhere else in the world. But when golden eagles perched high in the island's crags look down upon the housecat-size animal, they see lunch. That is why officials at Channel Islands National Park are summoning a group of eagle experts to the island late this month.
November 28, 2003 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Imperiled foxes on Santa Cruz Island will likely go extinct unless the National Park Service removes golden eagles, a protected species, through bold means, perhaps even shooting them, a new study concludes. Such a draconian step may be necessary because the eagles have eaten so many of the diminutive foxes that the animals are spiraling toward extinction, three experts write in an article appearing today in the journal Science.
July 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
One of 12 bald eagles being released on Santa Cruz Island this summer is getting acclimated to the new surroundings. A 6-week-old bald eagle from Alaska was taken to the island Sunday. It will live in a structure called a hack tower for a month to get used to its new digs. The bird is one of 12 that will be released this summer in an effort to reestablish the species on Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands. This is the second year in a five-year bird release project.
May 4, 2003 | John McKinney, Special to The Times
When you see Santa Cruz Island from the Ventura or Santa Barbara shore, it doesn't look that big. But hike up a trail to one of the island's eastern promontories and it appears massive: row upon row of mountains alternating with deep canyons. Stark bluffs extend to the horizon. Santa Cruz is the largest (at 96 square miles), highest and most varied isle in Channel Islands National Park.
November 9, 2002 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
After paddling from bright sunshine into a darkened sea cave, it takes a bit for the eyes to adjust. In that moment, other senses sharpen to fill the void. The damp air feels cooler inside, as the cave exhales to make room for a swell rolling in behind you. The air seems saltier too, so tangy you can taste it. The craggy walls muffle the ocean's roar, allowing the ears to tune to the sound of waves sloshing softly against roughly hewn rock.
November 8, 2002 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
After four years of intense planning, the controversial effort to eradicate up to 4,000 destructive wild pigs on Santa Cruz Island has officially begun. Lines of fencing are being thrown up across the rugged island, beginning the slow encirclement of the swine. Once the pigs are trapped inside the fences, they will be stalked and shot by contract hunters. "I am just thrilled to have it underway," said Lynn Lozier, Santa Cruz Island project director for the Nature Conservancy.
October 25, 2002 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
For the second time in three months, a cadre of golden eagles on Santa Cruz Island has outfoxed a helicopter crew trying to capture them, leaving frustrated wildlife managers to fall back on more traditional trapping methods. The helicopter, aided by 20 spotters on the ground, spent the week chasing the powerful birds across steep ridges, into canyons and along sheer sea cliffs. But whenever the helicopter closed in, the eagles slipped away, ducking for cover beneath trees and ledges.
A bedraggled bald eagle, recently set free on Santa Cruz Island, is recovering after being plucked from the ocean by two men returning from a diving trip around Channel Islands National Park. The Alaska-born eagle was released last month as part of a major effort to reintroduce the species to the Channel Islands. A dozen eagles have been released on Santa Cruz Island this year, and another 12 are to be set free there annually for the next five years.
September 23, 2002
Re "Hunters to Trap and Shoot Pigs on Santa Cruz Island," Sept. 17: The National Park Service's plan proposes to pay professional hunters $4 million to $5 million to shoot the wild pigs after spending $2 million to erect fences to prevent the pigs from re-inhabiting previously cleared areas. Tens of thousands of hunters purchased tags to hunt wild pigs in California during 2001-02. Many of these hunters pay $300 to $600 to hunt wild pigs with guides on private ranches. Why doesn't the National Park Service collaborate with the California Department of Fish and Game and offer public wild pig hunting on Santa Cruz Island?
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