May 13, 1991 |
If you ask Jon Fischer, he'll tell you point-blank that nature isn't always pretty, and that people's efforts to save California's cute, cuddly animals don't always have the heart-warming endings of Disney movies. In fact, the best of intentions often go sadly awry, and the fox, goat or deer the public is trying to save ends up in a zoo, or even dies. Or an adorable creature is saved, but smaller animals that it preys upon hover dangerously closer to extinction.
March 4, 1990 |
Mike Windham, wildlife biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, flew his Cessna 180 float plane over the Mississippi River where it spills into the Gulf of Mexico. "See that big bay over there on the west side of the river?" Windham asked as he passed low over the Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area. "That bay was all marshland, 10,000 acres of prime wetlands 30 years ago.
January 29, 1992 |
It sputtered at first, then got a boost two years ago in California, and now the animal-rights movement, in its effort to eliminate the killing of animals for sport, seems to have the hunting community up against the wall. Sportsmen's organizations and wildlife agencies throughout the country are so alarmed at the speed and efficiency with which the movement is traveling that they are calling for an all-out effort among hunters to band together "before it's too late."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2000 |
Caretakers of rugged Santa Catalina Island have renewed the controversial hunting and killing of nonnative goats remaining on the island after a recent effort captured about 120 alive and moved them to munch grass on the mainland. Outraging animal activists, officials of the Catalina Island Conservancy said they resumed the shootings last week because further live captures would take too long.
November 11, 1990 |
Federal officials will allow a controversial gold mine to open in a sensitive area of the eastern Mojave Desert next year, but the project's operator has agreed to comply with a set of environmental conditions described as unprecedented in the booming gold mining industry. Under a plan approved by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Viceroy Gold Corp. of Las Vegas will operate a so-called "heap leach" mine in the Castle Mountains, a rugged range 100 miles east of Barstow.
August 1, 1990 |
When Phil Pister retired from the California Department of Fish and Game this year, he almost heard a sigh of relief at headquarters in Sacramento, followed by keen apprehension. If Pister (pronounced PEE-ster) was regarded as an agitator around the DFG, at least he was their agitator. The prospect of Pister off the leash was fearsome.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999 |
They are your neighbors, but you rarely see them. They have lived here longer than anyone, but odds are you have never met. They are killers, but they are not after you. They exist as a baleful howl from the hills, a glint of night eyes, or a flicker of fur darting through brush. Lots of big carnivores still prowl their domain of the Santa Monica Mountains and adjoining hill country of east Ventura County, but it is a shrinking wild kingdom.
December 5, 2004 |
Now that their work in eradicating polio is nearly over, the green monkeys of Barbados face a life behind bars. More than 2,000 of the small monkeys idle in 3-foot-high cages at the Barbados Primate Research Center, stacked row upon row at a vast maintenance yard, conjuring the image of a primate cellblock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2004 |
For Slick Gardner, starting a horse sanctuary on his 2,000-acre ranch must have seemed like a great idea at the time. But that was before outraged animal lovers got together and before the county he once called "the Soviet Union of Santa Barbara" came down on him.
June 24, 1989 |
Pete Bontadelli has been wearing a wraparound back brace since he lost a wrestling match with a trash barrel at his Sacramento home a few months ago. It might be mistaken for a bulletproof vest, which would be more symbolic of his position as director of the California Department of Fish and Game. The Little Hoover Commission, which looks into the efficiency and organization of government agencies in the state, seems to be coming after Bontadelli with both barrels, and there also are rumbles of dissension from within.