Journal archives for December 2017

December 02, 2017

KCSO hears reports of mountain lion in Golden Hills.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said Friday evening that there have been reports of a mountain lion being seen in the residential areas of Golden Hills in recent weeks.

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December 04, 2017

Dogs with GPS collars wouldn’t be fair hunting.

Instead of adhering to ethical hunting principles, California’s Fish and Game Commission proposes to give deer hunters an even greater unfair advantage by approving GPS collars on their dogs.

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December 05, 2017

Get to Know San Diego’s Fauna with the New ‘Mammal Atlas.

The diversity of mammals in San Diego County is greater than any other county in the United States, yet there has been no synthesis of their identification, distribution, natural history, or the conservation challenges they face—until now.

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December 06, 2017

It’s not a good idea to feed wildlife.

According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DWF), feeding wildlife is not only illegal it is also dangerous.

The DFW says that people may not realize it but a simple bag of garbage, bowl of pet food or plate of leftovers left outside a home or vacation site can cause severe harm to wildlife.

Whether you live in a city or a rural part of California, wild animals are your neighbors. Most wild animals will not bother you. They naturally fear humans and keep their distance – so long as they remain fully wild.

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December 07, 2017

Threat of wildlife attacks is overstated.

The writer has a far greater chance of being killed by a dog, legal execution, lightning strike, discharge of a gun or in a traffic accident hitting one of the animals a wildlife bridge could keep off the road.

On a recent visit to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, I traveled past a network of fences, tunnels and overpasses on the Trans-Canada Highway. The system has helped more than 150,000 animals cross the road and reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions by 80 percent.

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December 08, 2017

California Publishes Draft Elk Plan.

California was once home to an estimated 500,000 elk.

The number is quite a bit smaller now, maybe 13,000, but elk--in three subspecies--are on the rebound, and have been for years.

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Bears exposed to plague found in Paradise.

Two black bears exposed to the plague were found in Paradise, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The department collected blood in September from two bears killed under depredation permits, and the samples tested positive for antibodies to Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague.

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State’s first-ever elk plan might inform Point Reyes.

California has three of the four remaining elk species in North America—tule, Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain—and though numbers have climbed in the past four decades from 3,500 to 13,000 after being pushed to near extinction in the mid-1800s, numbers will likely never reach the historic peak of 500,000 due to agricultural expansion and development.

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December 11, 2017

Human-induced trauma on sea animals a concern.

More than 600 marine mammals admitted to rehabilitation centers along the Central Coast between 2003 and 2015 showed signs of human-induced trauma, report researchers from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito in a recent study. California sea lions made-up the majority of those admitted, carrying injuries from plastic debris, fishing gear, and even gun shots.

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December 13, 2017

Cannabis cultivation could threaten Santa Cruz mountain lions.

Mountain lions have called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for millennia. Their sensitivity to human impacts makes them a useful indicator of how cannabis cultivation among the redwoods could impact all wildlife, said Chris Wilmers, ecologist at UC Santa Cruz and head of the Puma Project. The project has been tracking and studying local mountain lions since 2008. Wilmers said he believes that cannabis cultivation may be the most imminent threat to mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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