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Mountain lions face ‘two evils’ in food hunt

L.A. pumas tend to get closer to urban areas – to avoid other cats. Source of this article, The Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2016 In the hills and wooded areas of the Los Angeles area, mountain lions remain a … Continue reading

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Researchers discover two new mountain lion litters

Difficult road ahead for Santa Monica Mountain cougar kittens Source of this article, The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 14, 2016 National Park Service researchers recently discovered two litters of mountain lion kittens in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains. A total … Continue reading

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Inmates in the line of fire

A force of about 3,800 state prisoners, including about 250 female inmates, is trained and ready to be mobilized to the front line Source of this article, The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 7, 2016 Ventura fire camp inmate Luiz Galvez … Continue reading

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A brief history of the Backbone Trail

The Backbone Trail, a 67-mile route among the sycamore canyons and sandstone peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains, was a dream in the 1960s. Today it is a reality. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2016 … Continue reading

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67-Mile Backbone Trail will soon be completed in Santa Monica Mountains

Finally, a route will run through it Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2016 For more than 50 years, Southern Californians have dreamed of following an uninterrupted trail among the sycamore canyons and sandstone peaks of … Continue reading

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Don’t blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta

Farmers say concern about one tiny fish costs them water. But there’s salmon too. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2016 By Robin Abcarian, Contact Reporter The delta smelt is: 1) A nearly extinct species that … Continue reading

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Why a Malibu cave made famous by a Jim Morrison rumor is closing

Corral Canyon Cave, long a hikers’ destination, is shut after Jim Morrison fans show their love with graffiti Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2016 Lindsey Templeton hiked down the dirt trail, through the thicket of … Continue reading

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NPS to give Arlington Memorial Bridge a crucial but temporary fix

Repairs scheduled to start soon will keep an iconic D.C. span open for five more years Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2016 The National Park Service is preparing to patch up the Arlington Memorial Bridge … Continue reading

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Comments needed by December 4th to opposed hotel plan that would block historic Calabasas trail

The city of Calabasas is pushing plans for the building of the Rondell Oasis Hotel that would block access to the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (“DeAnza Trail”). The trail is designated as a National Historic Trail and got … Continue reading

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Photogenic lion meets with untimely demise

NPS blames rodenticide poisoning Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 15, 2015 A mountain lion found dead Sept. 30 within the boundaries of Point Mugu State Park has been identified as Puma-34, a juvenile female who was … Continue reading

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