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February 17, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (714) 966-5634
Fossils found during the recent excavation of the Foothill North toll road to Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park are now on display at the Orange County Natural History Museum. The fossils contain leaves, fish and other prehistoric artifacts. Information: (949) 831-3287.
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July 17, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Park officials have reopened a south Orange County wilderness park after state wildlife officials lured and trapped a male mountain lion repeatedly seen roaming the same area in recent days. The 100-pound mountain lion, which was captured in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park early Tuesday, will be kept in captivity indefinitely, though officials hope to eventually relocate the animal. "We didn't feel comfortable leaving it," said Capt. Dan Sforza of the Department of Fish and Game, who said the mountain lion was exhibiting "very unusual behavior" and appeared abnormally unfazed by humans.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1995
Ranch Style--If you're searching for signs of fall, there's not a better place to forage than Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. To make the trek easier, park rangers lead an interpretive hike on Saturdays at 9 a.m. The tour meanders through parts of the 1,500 acre park, which is covered oak woodlands, grassy hills and rock formations. The tour begins at Red Rock Trail, a 1.5-mile hike from the park entrance on Portola Parkway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2008 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Like nervous party hosts, Orange County parks officials unveiled plans Tuesday to reopen badly burned Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park on Saturday after months of laborious prep work. Potential killer dead trees cleared? Check. Herbicide sprayed on exotic weeds? Check. Tons of debris cleared from trail bottoms? Check. New signs, trail makers and fencing are all in place too. Now the biggest worry may be the potentially unruly guests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1996
A trail at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be closed through December while construction for a reservoir is underway, officials said. Visitors will not be able to use Whiting Road Trail while the Irvine Ranch Water District installs pipe along the trail for a 2.5-million-gallon reservoir. Signs posted at park entrances and trail heads will give visitors the latest information on construction. The reservoir is being built to supply water and fire protection for 1,300 homes in Portola Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The Irvine Ranch Water District will start installing water pipes in September for a 2.5-million-gallon reservoir in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park to provide water to Portola Hills area. The $3-million construction site is just northeast of the park's Four Corners area. It which marks the head of several popular trails that lead into the wilderness. The park will stay open during the, with one trail closed.
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July 30, 1995 | JOHN McKINNEY
Oak-shaded canyons, grassy hills and handsome rose-colored sandstone cliffs are some of the attractions of Orange County's Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. The 1,500-acre park, crisscrossed by trails, is a hiker's delight. "First-time visitors are amazed to find a lush oak woodland and rugged hills in such close proximity to suburban developments," notes park ranger John Gannaway. "At Whiting Ranch, you can really get away from the hustle and bustle and daily jam."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A gateway to some of Orange County's most stunning natural resources opens at Limestone-Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park today, thanks to the first major parkland purchase by the county since its catastrophic 1994 bankruptcy. The 120-acre addition to the park will provide easy access to some breathtaking sights, including Red Rock Canyon, the towering ridge of burnt orange and rust sandstone cliffs.
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July 9, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD
The Orange County Bird of Prey Center is expected to enter negotiations with the county about building a bird rehabilitation facility at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park that would also house a ranger's office and public restrooms. The Board of Supervisors will decide today whether to authorize the Harbors, Beaches and Parks Department to begin talks with the center, which heals injured raptors and educates the public about local bird life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
The parents of a mountain biker who was killed by a cougar last year in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will drop a wrongful-death lawsuit against Orange County because of numerous protests from cyclists. Mark Reynolds, a 35-year-old Foothill Ranch resident, was mauled by a mountain lion while he crouched to fix his bicycle along Cactus Ridge Trail on Jan. 8, 2004. Dona and Gary Reynolds of St. Joseph, Mo.
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March 26, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
The parents of a 35-year-old mountain bike enthusiast killed last year by a cougar in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Orange County, alleging that officials should have known the park was dangerous. Mark Reynolds, a Foothill Ranch resident, was mauled by a mountain lion while he crouched to fix his bicycle along Cactus Ridge Trail on Jan. 8, 2004. Donna and Joseph Reynolds of St. Joseph, Mo.
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January 30, 2004 | By a Times Staff Writer
Outdoor enthusiasts will hold a festival Saturday to raise awareness about the benefits and risks of Orange County's wilderness and to raise funds for charities named in honor of the two victims of the Jan. 8 mountain lion attacks. The Great Outdoors Awareness Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Irvine Regional Park in Orange and feature mountain bike rides and hikes, with outdoor safety demonstrations. The event will begin with a ride in honor of Mark Reynolds.
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January 28, 2004 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Nils Magnuson shook his head in disbelief as he waded into the shoulder-high brush to reconstruct the most terrifying mountain bike ride of his life. The last time he was here, on the Cactus Hill trail at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in South County, Magnuson was frantically looking for rocks to throw at a mountain lion that attacked a young woman, dragging her down a steep, brushy canyon.
OPINION
January 25, 2004
Re "Mauled Man May Have Been Fixing Bike," Jan. 10: Along with every other sensible person in Orange County, I am horrified by the mountain lion attacks on Mark Reynolds and Anne Hjelle in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. As a volunteer in Laguna Greenbelt Inc.'s wilderness parks, I know there are wild animals in the parks and respect them and their right to be there. We humans are the intruders. While I agree that the lion that attacked the bikers had to be destroyed, I am appalled by the comment of Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino that "for now, we will shoot to kill any mountain lion they encounter near the trail."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Approval for a 646-acre expansion that will make Limestone-Whiting Wilderness Park the fourth-largest park in Orange County is expected by county supervisors at today's board meeting. The new area is near Santiago Canyon Road and contains chaparral, oaks and an abundance of wildlife habitat. In addition, the expansion has oaks lining tributaries to both Limestone and Santiago creeks. The parcel is the first of eight to be turned over to the county by the Irvine Co.
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July 22, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
The Irvine Ranch Water District recently completed construction of a 2.5-million-gallon reservoir and a 7,000-foot underground pipeline at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Trails closed by the project are open again. The rest of the park remained open during the construction. "We really tried to keep the park user in mind and very closely take their needs into consideration," district spokeswoman Marilyn Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (714) 966-5634
Fossils found during the recent excavation of the Foothill North toll road to Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park are now on display at the Orange County Natural History Museum. The fossils contain leaves, fish and other prehistoric artifacts. Information: (949) 831-3287.
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December 13, 1997 | JULIO V. CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will remain closed to mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders until at least next weekend as crews mend rutted and washed-away trails, officials said Friday. The park is another victim of last weekend's El Nino-related rains that forced the temporary closure of the county's wilderness parks. Officials say parks are routinely closed 48 to 72 hours after heavy rainstorms to allow trails to dry.
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