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October 28, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Jeff Sikich shinnied up a charred oak in the Allegheny Mountains of western Virginia, shined his flashlight down into the hollowed-out trunk and gazed into the wary eyes of a mother bear 10 feet below. As he fired a sedative dart into the black bear's shoulder, another biologist on the ground hollered for Sikich to block the opening to keep the bear from climbing up and out. Sikich leaned his long torso into the trunk's interior as the bear raced up, stopping about a foot from his nose.
October 11, 2012
Love animals? Attend the Safari Social in support of the Wildlife Learning Center. Take pictures with rescued wild animals, watch trainers ply their trade, enjoy a silent auction, cavort with reptiles and behold flying hawk demonstrations. Wildlife Learning Center, 16027 Yarnell St., Sylmar. 4 to 7 p.m. Sat. Adults, $45, children, $25. (818) 362-8711;
September 6, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
The wolf pack that has enchanted thousands of visitors at Alaska's Denali National Park did not produce any pups this year and its members have dispersed widely across the park, says a petition seeking to ban hunting and trapping along the park's northeastern boundary, where a female wolf was fatally snared earlier this year. Visitors are likely to have substantially fewer chances to see wolves, which habitually denned close to the main road through the 6-million-acre park, says the petition filed by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, the National Parks Conservation Assn.
August 28, 2012 | Gregory Rodriguez
By all rights, I should hate coyotes. When I was 14, one ate my charming pet cat, Spike Liebowitz (sometimes known as Vasco de Gama), as if he were nothing more than a Vienna sausage. I was heartbroken, but even at that age I knew that in suburban Los Angeles, owning an outdoor pet was tempting not just fate but the hunger of our wild neighbors. It wasn't pretty, but that's the way things were. Southern California is a coyote-eats-cat world. But if I learned to accept wildlife's savage intrusions as a boy, as an adult I even came to appreciate them.
August 7, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
That soft and fluffy ball of fur that is cuddling up on your bed at night may be wreaking carnage in your backyard during the daytime, researchers reported Tuesday. Using cameras attached to the collars of your friendly neighborhood cats, researchers at the University of Georgia found that the feline fighters kill much larger numbers of wildlife than previously thought. That may be because such earlier studies didn't consider animals that the cats ate or simply left behind, said biologist Kerrie Anne Lloyd, who presented her findings at a Portland, Ore., meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
August 5, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you visit Sitka and Juneau, Alaska, this month, it's often easy to spot bald eagles, ravens and black and brown bears on your own. (I expected to have the same luck in June and got skunked, except for the raven I photographed in a Foodland parking lot.) Timing is everything with wildlife watching and opportunities increase when berries are ripe or fish are running or spawning. Here's a look at when and where to see bears, eagles and whales inexpensively in southeastern Alaska.
July 9, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
When you think about it, Yosemite is one big birthing room. As such, rangers are cautioning summer visitors to look but not touch, and to give any young wildlife - baby birds, fawns, etc. - plenty of space. “They may appear to be in distress, but are not sick, injured, or abandoned,” the park notes of young wildlife. “If moved from their location, the parents cannot care for their offspring and many of the young animals do not survive.” If spotted on the ground, these animals should not be moved or handled, rangers say. In fact, visitors who happen across newborn wildlife are asked to immediately leave the area so the parents can continue to care for their young.  “When people are present, a mother deer or bird may become aggressive or stay away for longer periods of time, which will prevent the offspring from feeding on a regular basis,” the park says in cautioning visitors.
July 2, 2012 | Martha Groves
After meeting with animal welfare advocates over the killing of a mountain lion last month, the Santa Monica Police Department said it would consider changing procedures for handling wildlife incidents. In a statement released last week, the department said it was committed to training first responders and to developing a list of local consulting experts. It said it would also seek appropriate equipment and tools and support ongoing efforts to reduce the likelihood that wildlife would enter densely populated urban areas.
June 23, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
He's back. Months after entering the hearts of Glendale residents and feasting on Costco meatballs, the black bear tranquilized by wildlife officials and taken deep into the Angeles National Forest has reappeared. Known on Twitter as Glen Bearian , the ursine returned to the area Thursday with his orange ear tag, which was attached to make him stand out in a crowd. California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan confirmed to The Times that the same bear that officials tranquilized in April was spotted in the Glendale-La Crescenta area Thursday afternoon.
June 2, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Recreational gold mining using suction dredges along Northern California's Klamath River must be reviewed by federal wildlife officials if threatened coho salmon might be harmed, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 7-4 ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the U.S. Forest Service violated federal endangered species protections by approving the mining practice along the Klamath without consulting wildlife officials. The Klamath starts in southeastern Oregon and empties into the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles south of the California-Oregon border.
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