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May 31, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation to protect bobcats from unlimited commercial trapping. The bill, AB 1213, was introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) in response to the recent discovery of bobcat traps set along the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. The price a trapper can get for a bobcat pelt has risen from about $78 in 2009 to more than $700 today. As a result, trapping of bobcats statewide has skyrocketed. In the region that includes Joshua Tree National Park, bobcat trapping increased more than 800% over the last two years.
April 6, 2014 | By Julie Cart
SHAFTER, Calif. - A bustling city is sprouting on five acres here, carved out of a vast almond grove. Tanker trucks and heavy equipment come and go, a row of office trailers runs the length of the site and an imposing 150-foot drilling rig illuminated by football-field-like lights rises over the trees. It's all been hustled into service to solve a tantalizing riddle: how to tap into the largest oil shale reservoir in the United States. Across the southern San Joaquin Valley, oil exploration sites have popped up in agricultural fields and on government land, driven by the hope that technological advances in oil extraction - primarily hydraulic fracturing and acidization - can help provide access to deep and lucrative oil reserves.
April 18, 1994
One heartening aspect of the coyote trapping debate last month was that neither side supported random trapping to eradicate coyotes. Those in favor of the ban testified as to the consequences of major reduction in the coyote presence. Frightened residents--not only in the foothills, but far into densely populated parts of Encino, Tarzana and Reseda--asked only for deterrent trapping to safeguard their families and pets from aggressive or "nuisance" coyotes who enter yards and garages, linger in driveways and stalk or attack small pets.
March 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Maybe it's time to try a dog. A small dog. The 911 call in Portland, Ore., on Sunday began with a hint of embarassment, or at least of sense of self-awareness: "Yeah, hi, I have kind of a particular emergency here. " Particular indeed. The voice on the line belonged to Lee Palmer, who called to report that his 22-pound Himalayan cat had gone berserk, attacked his 7-month-old child, and now had Palmer's family trapped inside their bedroom after the father responded by kicking the cat in the butt.
June 12, 1994
In response to "Policy Only a Coyote Could Love," editorial, June 2: It is a sad day when The Times takes on the mentality of a selfish homeowner on the issue of animal regulation. The Times feels that coyotes are a danger when they have strayed into a residential area. But the fact is that it is people who are "straying" into the habitats of the coyotes. As long as there are greedy developers anxious to capitalize on "open" land, there will be idiots who insist on moving into these areas regardless of the fact that they're moving into the homes of wild animals, such as coyotes.
May 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators theorize that the killer of six sea lions on the Columbia River arrived by boat and was familiar with trapping methods, closing the doors of two metal cages before firing a high-powered rifle at the animals within. The sea lions' carcasses were found Sunday. Wildlife agents had begun trapping sea lions last month to keep them from eating endangered chinook salmon. The trapping has been suspended. American Indian tribes protecting their fisheries and state governments representing commercial and sport fishermen had promoted the sea lion removal.
January 14, 1996
We were appalled by the distortions in Pat Vardi's letter concerning our recounting of facts about coyote trapping ("Letter on Coyotes Short on Facts," Dec. 24.) First, the writer asserts that at a town hall meeting [March 23, 1994] on whether to keep the ban on coyote trapping, the public voted 2 to 1 in favor. Wrong! It was an informational meeting. At no time was any vote put to the members of the public attending that meeting, nor has any vote been put to the public before or since.
March 16, 1995 | HENRY CHU
Residents who want permission from the city to trap and kill coyotes around their property will be charged $200 under a new policy adopted by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday. The council unanimously adopted the recommendation of its Public Safety Committee to charge a fee for coyote-trapping, which has been condemned by animal-rights activists.
January 21, 1996
In Ron Vardi's letter to the editor (Dec. 24) he stated that at a town hall meeting at Parkman Middle School, those in favor of renewing the city's coyote trapping ban were outvoted by a ratio of 2 to 1. I was in attendance that night and can state categorically that no such vote was ever taken. In fact, the pro-trapping side seemed to be out in greater force than the animal rights activists who attempted to shout us down. What I also remember all too vividly from that meeting was the heart-wrenching statement by Cathy Keen, who lost her 3-year-old daughter Kelly to a coyote attack.
At a hillside home in the middle of coyote heaven, a young mother put her baby to bed at night to a howling serenade. The racket must have been soothing, for when the family moved from the the Santa Monica Mountains to tamer surroundings, the child had trouble falling asleep. His mother called the song of the coyotes "his lullaby."
March 4, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
California's parched winter brought a big surge in air pollution, pushing the number of bad air days one-third higher than the previous winter and posing a serious health threat, state air quality officials said Tuesday. Levels of haze-forming soot typically increase in winter, but this year was worse because of the persistent lack of rainfall, low winds and unusually stagnant conditions that trapped pollution close to the ground. Karen Magliano, an assistant division chief at the California Air Resources Board, said the increase in dirty air was a weather-driven exception to a decade-long trend of improvement.
February 28, 2014 | By Robert Gauthier, Hailey Branson-Potts and Rong-Gong Lin II, This post has been updated
A TV news employee trying to report from the scene of an unstable Azusa hillside Friday got stuck in waist-high mud and had to be rescued.  The man was reporting in the hillside above the home of Dennis Sanderson on Ridge View Drive when he got stuck in the mud. Sanderson aided authorities in the rescue. According to Sanderson, the news employee had intentionally waded into a pool of mud Friday afternoon to demonstrate how thick it was. A rescuer could be seen using a shovel.  [ Updated, 9:46 p.m. : Fire officials said they believe the reporter they helped rescue was Miguel Almaguer from "NBC Nightly News.
February 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
On a recent weekday morning, a Starline tour bus swung open its doors at Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey, and Australian tourists Laura Ross and Kate Lund surveyed the scene. The faux maritime shopping center - with eateries and gift shops built around a fake lighthouse - was mostly empty. Many of the trinket shops were barren, their windows dusty, the walls ripped out. The ocean air had long ago turned vibrant red, yellow and turquoise paint to pastels on the dilapidated wooden buildings.
February 19, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Talk about passing gas: Vast stores of helium are escaping from the steam vents and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park after being trapped within Earth's crust for up to 2 billion years, according to new research. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey determined that the famed national park was releasing hundreds -- if not thousands -- of times more helium than anticipated. In fact, researchers say, the escaping helium -- about 60 tons per year --  is enough to fill one Goodyear blimp every week.
February 16, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
The most sinister video you're likely to find online just now comes from people who oppose online gambling. "Disreputable gaming interests are lobbying hard to spread Internet gambling throughout the country," a voice over intones. Cue the grainy black-and-white footage of something sketchy going on in an alleyway, the ominous music and allusions to criminal "syndicates" and terrorism. The narrator warns that "an established Al Qaeda poker network could extract enough untraceable money from the United States in just a few days to fund several 9/11-sized attacks.
February 7, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - They were stuck in their apartments for long stretches, hustling for whatever food was available. Sniper fire and shelling were constant. There was only occasional cellphone contact with the outside world. Running water and electricity were rare. A complex deal hammered out by the Syrian government, the United Nations and rebels led to a temporary cease-fire and the evacuation of 83 people from the Old City of Homs, many of them trapped for a year or more inside a rubble-strewn battleground.
June 20, 2000
After intense weekend negotiations between residents and a homeowners association, the skunks and possums of a local neighborhood were saved from Monday's proposed trapping. The homeowners association board bowed to upset residents late Sunday night, agreeing to educate the community about living peacefully with wildlife. Several residents had passionately opposed the trapping, saying it would disrupt the animals' birthing season and could leave litters of motherless young.
The Los Angeles Animal Regulation Commission decided Tuesday to allow city employees in limited circumstances to trap and kill coyotes in residential areas, modifying its almost year-old ban on the practice but failing to satisfy homeowners and animal rights activists at odds over the issue.
February 6, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
DAMASCUS, Syria -- An agreement has been reached to evacuate civilians trapped in the battle-scarred remnants of the Old City of Homs, Syria's third-largest city, the state news agency reported Thursday. The accord would also allow the delivery of “humanitarian assistance and supplies to the civilians who would choose to stay inside the city,” according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency. The plight of people trapped in Old Homs drew international attention last month when negotiators at Syrian peace talks in Geneva said officials had arranged to evacuate civilians and deliver humanitarian aid. However, that prospective deal fell apart amid deep distrust between the government and a holdout force of rebels who are bunkered down inside Old Homs.
February 4, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
YARMOUK, Syria - They emerged from a dim alley called Rama Street, some carried on stretchers or pushed in wheelchairs, others dragging bulging suitcases as they looked for loved ones waiting beyond the clutch of gunmen and aid staffers. "I'm so happy: I can finally feed my children properly," said a gaunt but exhilarated 21-year-old named Ruba, clutching an infant son and a 3-year-old daughter as she strode down the muddy street to freedom Tuesday. The Syrian woman and others had finally escaped the war-ravaged confines of the Yarmouk camp, where about 18,000 people remain trapped without food, running water, electricity or other necessities in what was once home to more than 200,000.
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