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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
October 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
PORTOLA, Calif. -- California officials have completed the grim task of collecting fish killed in last month's poisoning of Lake Davis to exterminate the northern pike. California Department of Fish and Game crews have gathered nearly 50,000 pounds of fish since Sept. 21, when 16,000 gallons of a toxic chemical were poured into the Sierra Nevada reservoir.
August 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Division of Wildlife is stocking hundreds of high mountain lakes with fingerling trout dropped from hoppers mounted in Cessna 185 aircraft, aquatic biologist Sherman Hebein said in Aspen. The planes, traveling about 85 mph, get within 125 feet of the lake surface before releasing the fish so they don't dry out before they hit the water.
April 14, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The latest bald eagle chick born on Santa Cruz Island without human assistance hatched early Friday, officials announced. In the last two weeks, four other eaglets hatched on Santa Catalina Island, another in the chain of eight islands off the coast of Southern California. The recent births are part of an effort to restore eagle habitat on the Channel Islands.
November 22, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Remember Ruby? The 45-year-old female African elephant has lived more than half her life at the Los Angeles Zoo. She just hasn't been on exhibit for the last two years due to the logistics of moving elephants around to accommodate the slow, complicated process of constructing the new pachyderm exhibit. But she was very much "the elephant in the room" Tuesday as zoo Commissioner Kimberly Marteau noted at the monthly meeting of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission.
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.
April 7, 1991 | DAVID WEDDLE, David Weddle is a free-lance writer based in Malibu.
The sun is bright, the air heavy. It's Easter, the busiest week of the year for Sea World's mega-marine park in Orlando, Fla., and the huge whale and dolphin stadium is packed for the early afternoon show. For the crowd--shifting restlessly in Sea World hats and T-shirts--this will be the peak experience. They have chuckled over the antics of the penguins and walruses, gaped at the tropical fish and gasped at the razor-toothed sharks. But this is what they've come for.
September 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
IDAHO State game officers shot and killed eight elk that they said had escaped from a private hunting reserve and posed a threat to the genetic purity of wild herds roaming near Yellowstone National Park on the Idaho-Wyoming border. The five cow and three young elk were the first game-farm elk killed under an emergency order issued Thursday by Idaho Gov. Jim Risch, authorizing state agents to destroy the estimated 75 to 160 farm-raised elk.
May 26, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The happy screams of wading children filled the air as the little fish brushed their feet and legs en route to what is hoped will be a long and productive life at sea. For the adults on the beach at Two Harbors on Santa Catalina Island, the ceremonial release of 50 juvenile white seabass last weekend was of far greater significance. The island's grow-out facility, one of 14 in Southern California, had become the first to turn loose 100,000 hatchery-born seabass.
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