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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.
October 31, 2011 | Catherine Saillant
Coyotes howling into the night are as much a part of Calabasas as the aspiring screenwriters, retired moguls and stay-at-home mothers who crowd the coffee shops in the city's well-manicured mall. But that doesn't mean residents are at ease with the predators that roam this community nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Debbi Gillman remembers the afternoon her daughter came home to find the remains of the family's retriever-mix strewn across the backyard.
December 15, 1991 | PAUL DEAN
The Hunt Saboteurs think as Thoreau: "In wildness is the preservation of the world." Thoreau left no gray areas. Neither do the Hunt Sabbers. "We just don't believe in man managing animals," says Jonathan Paul, an organizer of Hunt Saboteurs CA. "We believe in animals doing it themselves. "Fish and Game really wants to annihilate all the mountain lions, and there you are destroying a whole ecosystem by getting rid of all the predators.
March 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
More than 1 million pounds of carp that were threatening endangered fish have been pulled out of Utah Lake this winter, with most of it going to a farmer's fields and a nearby mink farm. The carp are being removed to save the June sucker, an endangered fish that lives only in Utah Lake and its tributaries. When carp feed on the lake bottom, they tear up vegetation that provides important places for young June suckers to hide. Wildlife officials say around 5 million pounds of carp must come out of lake each year to make enough room for the June sucker.
January 11, 1987 | MITCHELL ZUCKOFF, Associated Press
Skies off Cape Cod are clouded with gulls; ponds around the country teem with troublesome carp, and trees in Florida bustle with Tarzan's monkeys. And it's all humanity's fault. Just as neglect and excessive hunting have wiped out or endangered some species, putting animals into predator-free environments or giving them unlimited food supplies has resulted in animal population explosions.
November 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A wildlife management area in the mountains of western Montana was closed after authorities discovered the body of a hunter apparently killed by a grizzly bear. Bill Thomas, spokesman for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said that the area will remain closed indefinitely while authorities attempt to locate and kill the bear believed responsible.
June 1, 1990
Your support of Prop. 117 seems to be based on the emotional premise of "stop the big bad hunter," despite the monetary problems with this proposition. The real problem with Prop. 117 is that it takes wildlife management out of the hands of professionals. Wildlife management cannot be left to Mother Nature any more; people must manage wildlife for the proper balance. Nobody is proposing extinction, just management. ED MORTENSON Reseda
October 26, 1993 | From Associated Press
Frank H. Dunkle, who headed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Ronald Reagan, is dead at age 69. Dunkle died of heart complications Saturday in Denver, the federal agency said Monday. Appointed in 1986, Dunkle was criticized by environmentalists for allegedly paying more attention to politics than to protecting natural resources.
April 29, 2004 | Steve Hymon and Christiana Sciaudone, Times Staff Writers
A mountain lion has taken up residence in Griffith Park, one of the nation's biggest and busiest urban parks eight miles from downtown Los Angeles, park officials said Wednesday, prompting them to begin posting signs that warn visitors of dangerous animals living in the area. After receiving several reports of lion sightings by hikers and horseback riders in the last month, rangers say they found evidence of a lion bedding down in the higher reaches of the park.
State and federal wildlife officials raided a wild-game barbecue near Irvine Lake on Friday, resulting in hundreds of angry, $75-per-person ticket holders being turned away at the gates. About 15 investigators and agents of the state Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Wildlife Service descended on the site in cars and helicopters, some with guns drawn, officials said. But there were no arrests.
December 12, 2008 | Carla Hall, Hall is a Times staff writer.
Researchers have concluded that female elephants living in protected environments in Asia and Africa live longer than elephants in captivity in European zoos, saying that "bringing elephants into zoos profoundly impairs their viability." The study, to be released today in the journal Science, also found that for an Asian elephant -- the more endangered of the two elephant species -- being born in a zoo or separated from its mother at an early age can mean a shorter life.
October 28, 2008 | Associated Press
A federal judge on Monday upheld protections for wild steelhead trout in California rivers, rejecting an argument by forestry groups that the success of hatchery-raised steelhead has made the population sufficiently robust. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno disagreed. In his 168-page ruling, he said hatchery-raised fish are no substitute for wild steelhead. Steelhead are listed as either threatened or endangered in different parts of California. In a related claim, the judge also rejected a bid by Central Valley farmers to remove steelhead trout from the federal Endangered Species Act. The farmers pointed to an abundance of resident rainbow trout, steelhead that do not migrate to the ocean.
October 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 370 penguins that mysteriously washed up on Brazil's equatorial beaches were flown south on a huge air force cargo plane and released closer to the frigid waters they call home, advocates said. Onlookers cheered as the young Magellanic penguins were set free on a beach in southern Brazil and scampered into the ocean, the International Fund for Animal Welfare said in a statement. It called the penguin release the largest in South America. The penguins were among nearly 1,000 that have washed up on Brazil's northeastern coast in recent months, said group spokesman Chris Cutter.
September 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal scientists have documented the largest population of grizzly bears in Montana, a sign that the threatened species could be on the rebound. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey announced Tuesday that there were about 765 bears in northwestern Montana. Earlier estimates said there were at least 250 to 350 bears. The results stemmed from a $4.8-million, five-year study of the grizzly bears' DNA that has been criticized by Republican presidential candidate John McCain on the campaign trail as an example of pork-barrel spending.
August 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The state sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, seeking to reverse his decision to list polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. State officials fear a listing will cripple offshore oil and gas development in its northern waters, which provide prime habitat for the only polar bears under U.S. jurisdiction. The lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., claims the federal analysis did not adequately consider polar bear survival through earlier warming periods centuries ago.
July 28, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
What had been for the last six months a vibrant stream teeming with migrating waterfowls and shorebirds early last week became a dry San Gabriel River channel where vultures gorged themselves on ducklings that died when the flows dried up.
July 2, 1990 | From United Press International
The federal government Sunday took control of wildlife management on public lands away from the state of Alaska in a fight over hunting rights. "We said we didn't want to assume this responsibility," said Walter Stieglitz, regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who directed the reluctant takeover when Alaska failed to meet Sunday's deadline for complying with a federal lands act.
November 19, 1989
I read with great interest the article "Urban River Seeks to Find Its Way" (Nov. 12). Considering that the San Diego River once flowed unimpeded from the mountains to the sea, it's quite distressing to accept a river that has since been bombarded by civilization. Fortunately we are witnessing a renewed interest in the San Diego River. What is desperately needed, however, is a comprehensive restoration plan which addresses land use, wildlife management, recreational opportunities, flood control and protection of water quality.
July 20, 2008 | From the Washington Post
A deadly fish virus has been found for the first time in southern Lake Michigan and an Ohio reservoir, spurring fears of major fish kills and the virus' possible migration to the Mississippi River. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources invoked emergency fishing regulations June 30 to stop the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, often described as "fish Ebola," which was found in round gobies and rock bass tested at a marina near the Wisconsin border in early June.
July 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal officials are considering euthanizing wild horses to deal with the growing population on the range and in holding pens, authorities said. Wild horses have overpopulated public lands and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management can't afford to care for the mustangs that have been rounded up, Henri Bisson, the agency's deputy director, said in Reno. Also, fewer people are adopting the horses, he said. The agency is also considering whether to stop roundups to save money. There are an estimated 33,000 wild horses on the range in 10 Western states, Bisson said, and 27,000 is the maximum the agency can handle.
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