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Post-Springs fire nighttime closures lifted

Officials with California State Parks and the National Park Service have lifted the nighttime closures imposed after last year’s Springs fire. The restriction to stay on official roads and trails remains in place. Officials with both agencies chose not to … Continue reading

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Wildlife officer keeps watch over open spaces

Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 9, 2014 Dennis Rosenberg stood a discreet distance from a group of men fishing along the shore of the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. He watched them through his binoculars for … Continue reading

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Mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains need more room, experts say

Inbreeding and deadly encounters with vehicles highlight the need for a wildlife passageway across the 101 Freeway, scientists say. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2014 From an urban puma’s perspective, the news of late from … Continue reading

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Girlz Gone Riding club carves out a place for women in mountain biking

Wendy Engelberg founded the Southern California group three years ago, and it has grown to become the largest women’s mountain biking club in the country. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2013 In 2005, 41-year-old Wendy … Continue reading

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Mountain lion killed on 101 Freeway was from north, officials say

The cougar’s death renews calls for a tunnel for wildlife to pass under the busy freeway. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2013 A mountain lion killed last month by a motorist on the 101 Freeway … Continue reading

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L.A. Zoo treats 21 condors for poisoning by lead bullets

The number treated in one month is more than half of the total seen in a typical year. Use of lead ammunition in hunting is blamed. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 31, 2013 A record number … Continue reading

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Backbone Trail blocked at the west end of Etz Meloy Mtwy

A locked gate has been blocking the Backbone Trail (BBT) at the west end of Etz Meloy Motorway since mid-October. This interupts a very popular mountain bike ride from the parking area on Encinal Canyon Road to the Mishe Mokwa … Continue reading

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Scientists track cougar’s wild nightlife above Hollywood

The mountain lion — known as P-22 — living in Griffith Park is giving scientists insight into the behavior of an urban puma on the prowl. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2013. For more than … Continue reading

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Fire season fuels GOP push for more logging

The House votes to curb environmental reviews to accelerate timber cutting in national forests. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2013 WASHINGTON — In response to fires that have ravaged the West this year, the House … Continue reading

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Community recalls a real trailblazer – Sept. 29 event will celebrate the work of late Linda Palmer

Linda Palmer of Calabasas, a longtime advocate for the Santa Monica Mountains, died from cancer June 22 at the age of 80. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 12, 2013 Palmer’s many contributions to the protection and … Continue reading

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