On Valentine's Day, the San Francisco Chronicle published a column by outdoor columnist Tom Stienstra, who said he had suddenly become aware of a report that has been mandated by law for decades: CDFW's Annual Mountain Lion Necropsy Report.
Rather than doing a little research, or considering the contents in context, Stienstra sensationalized the report to inflame the public's fear of mountain lions. Perhaps his resulting column was a gift to the few remaining trophy hunters who still yearn to bag a big tom in the Golden . . .
On the morning of July 1, 2016, residents in Oroville (about sixty miles north of Sacramento) spotted a mountain lion lounging in a tree near the intersection of Greenville and Myers Street.
Oroville Police and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers responded. Though it took some time and a few attempts, the lion was eventually sedated. The hot weather and drugs can cause an animal to overheat, so . . .
As part of a special spring promotion, and thanks to Tom Berquist, we are offering a free electronic copy of his new book Stalking Los Angeles for donations of $15 or more. You'll receive access to the e-book through Smashwords and have the satisfaction of knowing you helped save the life of a mountain lion in the wild.
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What makes the mountain lion so adaptable to a wide variety of habitats?
How does their hunting differ from that of wolves and bears? What is their
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