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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Rosanna Xia
The aroma of trash and leftover people food proved too alluring Wednesday for a bear in Sun Valley, where police and wildlife officials tracked the animal through a residential neighborhood. “The smells are what bring them there,” Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department Fish and Wildlife told KTLA-TV during an interview. “It's all about the food.” The bear appeared to be about 15 months old and had a tag on its ear, meaning it has been trapped before, Hughan said.
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NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Authorities in Texas were hoping to partially reopen the busy Houston Ship Channel on Monday, officials said, after a significant oil spill over the weekend that is harming wildlife and the local economy. [Updated, 5:35 p.m. March 24: The shipping channel remained closed Monday night. ]  U.S. Coast Guard officials said 168,000 gallons of oil spilled from a barge after a collision with a Liberian-flagged ship in Galveston Bay about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, threatening birds at a nearby wildlife sanctuary.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The Interior Department has warned that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could have long-term, damaging effects on wildlife near its route, contradicting the State Department's March draft environmental assessment, which concluded the project would have only a temporary, indirect impact. In a 12-page letter sent as part of the public comment on the draft assessment, the Interior Department repeatedly labels as inaccurate its sister agency's conclusions that Keystone XL would have short-lived effects on wildlife and only during the project's construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A state program leasing wildlife protection areas to farmers failed to properly spend and report at least $1.7 million in rental income as part of the normal budget process last year, according to an internal state investigation announced Thursday. The irregularities in the program run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife follow a string of similar controversies at agencies including the Recreation and Parks Department and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection where money was stashed in off-budget accounts.
NEWS
September 17, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Howler monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, parrots and lots of birds star in this 10-day trip to Costa Rica sponsored by the Greater L.A. Zoo Assn. The naturalist-led expedition explores Volcan Poas National Park to learn about active volcanoes, the Monteverde Cloud Forest mountain reserve, Carara National Park on the Pacific Coast and a rain forest at Braulio Carrillo, with an aerial tram that takes you into the tree canopy. A tour of capital city San Jose also is included. When: Costa Rica: Nature's Treasure House runs from Nov. 11-20.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996
A cash-starved wildlife rescue organization in Malibu goes out of business today after four years of saving sick and stranded creatures who live along the coast. The Malibu Marine and Mountain Wildlife Rescue has saved hundreds of animals, most of which have ended up at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Ft. MacArthur in San Pedro for rehabilitation. The rescue group has contracted with Malibu to provide rescue services--all for $1 a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1994
If Phyllis Daugherty (Letters, Jan. 8) doesn't appreciate or understand the compassion and knowledge behind the "humane community's" attempt to educate the public on how important all wildlife is in Los Angeles, including the coyote, then I suggest she move to Wyoming where they are planning a coyote kill for Feb. 4 and 6, awarding prizes for the biggest coyote killed and the largest number killed. Also, South Dakota, Idaho and Arizona. No powerful humane community there, just knee-jerk hunters.
NATIONAL
September 30, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Under a temporary rule issued Wednesday by the Bush administration, national forest managers won't have to adhere to strict wildlife protections that have been in place for more than two decades. The rule is not the last word on the protections, which since 1982 have directed the U.S. Forest Service to manage national forests to maintain "viable populations" of fish and wildlife. Officials could not say when a final regulation would be published.
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May 22, 2011 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
When confronted with rapidly rising floodwaters, wild animals tend to react the same way humans do. They run for high ground. That unsurprising fact of nature has added a new complexity to the daily efforts of Travis Dufour, a Louisiana state wildlife biologist. He spends his days in a pickup truck, bouncing along levees and farm roads in search of displaced deer, black bears, alligators, wild turkeys, feral hogs and the occasional armadillo. Mostly, Dufour rides herd on deer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign. But when a remote camera in Griffith Park captured an image of the puma more recently, it showed a thinner and mangy animal. Scientists sedated him and drew blood samples. They found evidence of exposure to rat poisons. Now, researchers say they suspect a link between the poisons and the mange, a parasitic skin disease that causes crusting and skin lesions and has contributed to the deaths of scores of bobcats and coyotes.
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