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Cat confused with mountain lion prompts evacuation

The following story was written by Lyndsay Winkley and originally posted on the San Diego Union Tribune website.

There's a house cat in San Diego that's probably thinking pretty big of itself today.

That's because someone spotted the feline on security video and mistook it for a mountain lion Wednesday morning. The "sighting" prompted more than 60 employees to . . .

It's not just Cecil: Trophy hunting is threatening mountain lions right here in the U.S.

The following story was written by freelance writer, Chelsea Harvey for the Washington Post

In July, the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe at the hands of trophy hunter Walter Palmer sparked international outrage, incited widespread debate about the ethics of trophy hunting, and provoked calls to the U.S. government to ban the import of trophies from other countries. But . . .

Lion Cub Captured in San Dimas

A few lucky residents in the city of San Dimas (Los Angeles County) experienced a rare sighting of a mountain lion cub on Sunday night.

Around 7:30 p.m. a patrol deputy spotted the young cat and called for backup. It took about an hour of following the animal until officers were able to corner him in a parking lot near a bowling alley.

The lion was captured in a large . . .

Nebraska postpones lion hunt due to excessive female mortalities

Citing too many female lions killed in 2014, Sam Wilson, the Nebraska Game Commission's carnivore program manager, recently announced that Nebraska's moratorium on hunting mountain lions would extend at least through the 2016 hunting season.

In 2014, the Nebraska Game Commission, over objections from noted biologists and the conservation community, decided that a regulated hunting season . . .

Cougar kittens rescued after mother killed

The following story by Rich Landers is reposted from the Great Falls Tribune.

"I am not naÏve about nature," said Dan Hansen, after returning last weekend from a fishing trip. "I know there's no easy way to die in the woods. Still, I wasn't . . .

WA Governor overrules Game Commission; reverses 2016 cougar hunting quota increase

The following story was written by Rich Landers and originally posted on the Spokesman-Review website.

Answering an appeal filed by eight wildlife-protection groups, Gov. Jay Inslee has struck down increases in cougar hunting quotas approved for this year by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Inslee said an amendment proposed at the April commission . . .

South Dakota drops lion hunting quota to 60

The South Dakota Game Commission voted over the weekend to reduce the 2016 Black Hills mountain lion hunting quota to 60 lions from the previous year's 75.

Some conservationists see this action as a first move by the Commission in recognizing that the lion population in the Black Hills has been over hunted. Opponents claim that the last two years of dismal hunting results are more a . . .

SoCal Mountain lion climbs 35-foot tall power-line pole

The accompanying photo was taken by Lucerne Valley Daily Press Staff Writer Peter Day

Late yesterday afternoon, drivers on a rural highway, just outside the Southern California community of Lucerne Valley, experienced a rare sight - a mountain lion sitting atop a 35-foot high wooden power-line pole.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) . . .

Mountain lion kitten rescued from California wildfire

Out of the ashes of California's recent mega-fires, a little miracle emerged.

Last week, Bobbie Carne and her fellow animal rescuers were saving abandoned pets and livestock along the edges of the Butte fire. During their search she and a couple young girls came across a slightly scorched mountain lion kitten.

Allowing itself to be picked up and removed from danger, the . . .

Nation's largest mountain lion "bridge" proposed for southern California's highway 101

Earlier this week, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority released a long-awaited study by Caltrans concluding that building the nation's largest wildlife "bridge" over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills was feasible.

Projected to cost $33 million to $38 million, the 165-foot-wide, 200-foot-long overpass, complete with drought-tolerant vegetation, near Liberty Canyon Road . . .