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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yes urban dwellers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Los Angeles still has a 1/2 dozen or so Pumas making a living in the Santa Monica Mountains............Did we have to kill the baby lion that wandered into downtown Santa Monica this past week?....""Basically, they agitated and frightened a cornered cat before they killed her",,,,, "Hosing a Mountain Lion down and then shooting her with pepper-balls only served to make her more frenzied",,,. "Deadly force should be used only as a last resort",,,,,. "The citizens and wildlife of California deserve better"------Madeline Bernstein(SPCA LA)

A Baby Mountain Lion Shot And Killed In Downtown Santa Monica


Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica police officers shot and killed a 75-pound female mountain lion in the courtyard of 1227 Second Street in Downtown Santa Monica this morning.Police and California Department of Fish and Game wardens had been at the scene since about 6 a.m. after a janitor saw the baby mountain lion in the courtyard of the building, which is home to SMC Emeritus College and a yoga studio

baby puma in Los Angeles.

SMPD Lt. Robert Almada told The Mirror that attempts were made to immobilize the animal with non-lethal force."We deployed a tranquilizer and the tranquilizer was ineffective," Almada told The Mirror. "So then the animal attempted to charge out of the courtyard. We then deployed a pepper ball gun, which was less lethal, but that was ineffective. We attempted to use high-pressured fire hoses, but that was ineffective.

The animal attempted to continue to flee the courtyard and enter the public area, and at that point we deployed lethal force from our firearms and the animal was killed."Almada said the Fish and Game wardens were the ones to fire the tranquilizer dart that was ineffective.

"Our officers fired both the pepper ball and then eventually the firearms," he said.
Almada said it appeared the wild animal wandered into Downtown Santa Monica from the Santa Monica mountains.

full grown puma in California

Madeline Bernstein, President of spcaLA, asserts that an investigation should be conducted into the procedures and training protocols required for safely interacting and subduing wildlife.

"Basically, they agitated and frightened a cornered cat before they killed her," Bernstein said. "Hosing a Mountain Lion down and then shooting her with pepper-balls only served to make her more frenzied. Deadly force should be used only as a last resort. The citizens and wildlife of California deserve better.

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