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January 4, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Two state senators on Thursday called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to explain its decision to plow under 43 acres of lush wildlife habitat at the Sepulveda Basin without prior notice or coordination with community leaders and environmentalists. Sens. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) asked for details about what led to the agency's declaration in August that its "vegetation management plan" for the area did not require an environmental impact report because it would not significantly disturb wildlife and habitat.
January 2, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
To Jared Huffman, the name "fish and game" was an outdated artifact of a bygone era when state officials mostly set hunting seasons and bag limits. It no longer reflected the department's mission "to mange California's diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. " "Having the name 'game' was a relic," said Huffman, a former Democratic state lawmaker from San Rafael who will be sworn in as a new member of Congress on Thursday.
December 20, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow sea otters to roam freely down the Southern California coastline, abandoning its program to relocate the voracious shellfish eaters from waters reserved for fishermen. Federal officials determined that their sea otter trans-location program had failed after 25 years and thus they were terminating it, according to a decision published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. "As a result, it allows sea otters to expand their range naturally into Southern California," the notice said.
December 16, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
When is Edgar likely to return to his Palmdale home to live out the remaining 25 or so years of his life? Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore. " At least that's what state and federal wildlife officials have told Debby Porter about the future of the black raven named after poet Edgar Allan Poe that she raised by hand at her Antelope Valley home. Wildlife officials say Porter violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 by keeping Edgar and 20 other blind or injured crows and ravens in elaborate aviaries inside and behind her house.
December 2, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times
"The Centre Cannot Hold," the title of David Gulden's first book of wildlife photographs, is borrowed from William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming," an ominous vision of a society headed toward self-destruction. The allusion here is to the future of East Africa's wilderness and its diminishing habitat, where Gulden has spent the last two decades painstakingly photographing endangered and familiar species. "The Centre Cannot Hold," (Glitterati, $75) is a culmination of his journey presented in a collection of 95 black-and-white photographs along with essays by Gulden and a foreward by author Susan Minot.
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.
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