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Cheryl Gray

Rat poison is killing the wrong animals: Guest commentary

August 12, 2017

In January, the state of California reported that out of 68 mountain lions that were found dead in the wild between November 2015 and December 2016, all but four had traces of one or more anticoagulant poisons in their livers — the kind of poisons that people put out to kill rodents in their yards. Read full report.

Why a mountain lion crossing a California highway is a big deal

August 8, 2017

In what researchers called a “rare case,” a young male mountain lion has successfully crossed the 101 Freeway near Thousand Oaks, California. This is only the fourth documented successful crossing of the freeway since 2002, according to the National Park Service, and it’s key for the big cats roaming around LA to move around, hunt, and spread genetic diversity. Read full report.

Puma vs backyard hot tub is a rare moment of feline clumsiness

August 2, 2017

Cats small and large are typically exemplars of grace – which, of course, makes their occasional missteps and tumbles all the more ungraceful-looking. More often than not, though (and the whole landing-on-their-feet thing proves the point), their superb agility comes through in a pinch and sees felines recover before actually falling flat on their whiskered faces. Read full report.

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