First mountain lion killed by landowner under California law, officials say

first_imgJenhung Huang/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A radio-collared mountain lion living in the western Santa Monica Mountains has been shot and killed by a landowner, the first under a California law that allows the “specially protected” species to be killed if it harms pets or livestock.The cougar, known as P-56, was fatally shot on Jan. 27 after a property owner who had lost a dozen animals received a depredation permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service said in a press release Monday.The hunting of mountain lions, which are designated by the state as a “specially protected mammal,” has been banned in California since 1990. However, a property owner can request a depredation permit to kill the large cat if it has killed or injured livestock or pets, according to the National Park Service.In December 2017, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife implemented a “three-strike” policy that adds protection to the cougar populations in the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Ana Mountains, where there is another isolated at-risk population. In these areas, a landowner must first use non-lethal means to deter the mountain lion before a depredation permit is issued, according to the National Park Service.The property owner in this instance had nine depredation incidents resulting in the loss of 12 animals over two years. Even though the incidents involving P-56 took place beyond the boundary of the current geographic area for the three-strikes policy, the landowner implemented measures “including bringing in as many livestock as possible, penning any remaining livestock close to the barn and houses, and utilizing trained guard dogs, hot wire fencing, motion activated lights and auditory (radio) hazing,” the National Park Service said in the press release, citing officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who had investigated the depredation incidents.P-56, a 4-to-5-year-old male cougar that roamed the most western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, was first caught and collared with a GPS-tracking device in April 2017. He’s believed to have fathered a litter of four kittens in July 2018.Mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains have been a part of a nearly 18-year-long study by the National Park Service that looks at how the small population is faring in a highly fragmented region. Although the National Park Service is conducting research on the local cougar population, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for managing the state’s wildlife, including mountain lions.With the killing of P-56, there is now only one adult male mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains that the National Park Service is tracking as part of its research.“The loss of a breeding male is a concern for the study, especially when the population is already very small, Jeff Sikich, the study’s lead field biologist, said in a statement Monday. “There are always animals out there that are not being tracked.”The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a number of recommendations on its website for keeping cougars wild and eliminating depredations, such as confining livestock in a full enclosure at night, using properly trained guard dogs and keeping domestic pets indoors at night or, if outside, keeping them in a mountain lion-proof enclosure. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Amgen Tour of California Teams Announced

first_imgThe 2009 Amgen Tour of California will once again bring together a world-class field of cycling teams from multiple nations, including eight of the sport’s top-rated ProTour teams.  Race organizers confirmed today that entries for the fourth annual race will include Lance Armstrong and the Amgen Tour of California’s two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer’s team, Astana, along with two of the top U.S.-based teams, Garmin-Slipstream (new to the ProTour circuit) and Columbia Highroad (formerly Team High Road).  Also racing will be Team Saxo Bank, which finished in the top-three of the world rankings last season and Quick Step, which claimed 55 victories in the 2008 season.The 2009 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following eight ProTour professional cycling teams:Ag2r-La Mondiale (FRA)Astana (LUX)Garmin-Slipstream (USA)Liquigas (ITA)Quick Step (BEL)Rabobank (Netherlands)Columbia Highroad (USA)Team Saxo Bank (DEN)The recently expanded 750-mile, nine-day stage race, considered to be the most important and popular race held on U.S. soil, will take the world’s top professional cycling teams from Sacramento to San Diego County from February 14-22, 2009.“The success of the Amgen Tour of California has created a very positive reputation among the professional cycling community, which has helped to ensure the high level of competition that people have come to expect from our race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race.  “We have invited the best teams that the world has to offer to compete on an outstanding course.  The success of the race, combined with an updated, world-class route will ensure a level of competition that is unprecedented in the United States.”Split between teams who compete on the UCI ProTour and those who race predominately in the United States, the field of athletes competing in the 2009 Amgen tour of California will be one of the most diverse, accomplished groups of cyclists ever assembled for a stage race in the U.S.  The full list of teams will be announced in January, with final rosters due in February.“We have a great roster of top athletes, and the Amgen Tour of California delivers a great stage on which to perform,” said Bob Stapleton, owner, Columbia Highroad.  “The Amgen Tour of California is great for the sport of cycling in the U.S. and great for the sport overall.”Several of the ProTour professional cycling teams will hold their pre-season training camps in California, which will give residents throughout the state an opportunity to watch these elite athletes prepare for the top professional cycling race in the United States.For more information about the teams competing in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.About the Amgen Tour of CaliforniaThe largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course.  Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.  About AmgenAmgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics.  A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient.  Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses.  With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives.  To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.  To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com. About AEGAEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world.  AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Women’s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production.  For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.last_img read more

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Bentley can replace Button at Brentford – Smith

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Bentley and Egan sign as Brentford complete triple swoopBidwell completes QPR move as Fer has Swansea medicalBrentford keeper Button joins FulhamBrentford held by Wycombe in friendlyBees youngster set to join Man UtdButton: It was time for a change Brentford head coach Dean Smith insists Dan Bentley and Jack Bonham have what it takes to replace David Button, after the goalkeeper opted to join Fulham.Button, 27, crossed west London on Tuesday to sign a three-year deal with Bees’ rivals, after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.AdChoices广告The goalkeeper had been Brentford’s first choice since signing from Charlton in 2013, making 141 appearances, but Smith believes new recruit Bentley and the promising Bonham will serve the club well.Smith told Brentford’s official website: “I would personally like to wish David well and thank him for his contribution in both performances and attitude since myself and [assistant] Richard [O’Kelly] joined the club.“His save in our win at Preston in January, as well as many others, will live long in the memory, but as is the way in football, things move on and David has chosen to further his career elsewhere.“I have nothing but respect for the way he acquits himself to his profession and his departure will leave big gloves to fill.“But I feel we have replacements in Daniel Bentley and Jack Bonham who are eager to fill the position that David had made his own.”Button is the second Bees player to join a west London rival this summer after captain Jake Bidwell joined QPR.But Brentford’s co-director of football, Phil Giles, moved to allay supporters’ fears about the club’s plans.He said: “I understand if there are some fans who will be disappointed that we have sold a player to our local rivals.“However, I’m confident that we’ve made a decision that is in the best long-term interests of the club.”last_img read more

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Furyk not ready to commit to taking Woods for Ryder Cup

first_imgTiger Woods of the US walks onto the 18th green during the final round for the 147th British Open Golf championships in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday, July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver) Woods moved from No. 31 to No. 20 in the Ryder Cup standings with two tournaments remaining before the top eight qualify for the Sept. 28-30 matches in Paris. Points are based on money, and the two events left for Woods — a World Golf Championship and PGA Championship — offer two of the largest purses.Woods already has been appointed an assistant captain, just as he was at Hazeltine two years ago. He has hinted at being a playing assistant.He has played just 12 events that offer Ryder Cup points, about half as many tournaments as most American prospects.Woods had the lead for three holes at Carnoustie until a double bogey at No. 11, and he wound up tied for sixth. It at least moved him to No. 50 in the world ranking, making him eligible for the $10 million Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone, where he has won eight times.Furyk looked at more than just Woods.Over the weekend at Carnoustie, no fewer than seven players had a chance to move into the top eight in the standings — Woods, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.“We had a lot of guys in pretty good form,” Furyk said. “Flip over to Tiger, you look at him because he’s Tiger, and he’s earned a lot of attention. … I loved seeing him play well. I loved seeing him jump to 20th. It’s fun to watch. But we’ll handle him like everyone else.”Furyk was a vice captain under Davis Love III at Hazeltine in 2016 and was under consideration for one of the four captain’s picks. He was involved in frank discussions with the captain, and he sees this situation — if it comes down to that — unfolding the same way.Furyk said a big part of his decision on captain’s picks would be matching players with the course at Le Golf National, where the matches will be played. Furyk and a few Americans took a scouting trip on the weekend before the British Open. He said Finau played the course mainly with a 3-iron, and Justin Thomas hit only seven drivers over 72 holes during the French Open.“It’s a good second-shot golf course,” he said. CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says it was fun to watch Tiger Woods contend at the British Open and briefly take the lead in the final round. Whether that means Woods is a lock for the U.S. team is still to be determined.center_img “I’m going to handle him the way I do everyone else,” Furyk said Monday before boarding a flight for the Canadian Open. “I’ll ask my top eight guys. The way he’s playing, he might be one of them. I’ll ask the vice captains, collectively, and I think we’ll do the best we can to round out the team. We want the guys playing the best.”last_img read more

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Espanyol close in on Feyenoord midfielder Vilhena on free transfer

first_img The club have spent weeks negotiating with the midfielder and everything is ready to be signed off with the exception of the green light from the new manager. He will arrive for free and sign a four-year deal.  Despite still not being clear on who will be their manager or sporting director next season, Espanyol are close to completing a deal for Feyenoord youngster Tonny Vilhena, who has shone in the Dutch league.  He did not want to renew with Feyenoord and had offers from PSV, Olympiakos and Porto, but he was won over by the new project being undertaken at Espanyol. Everything is in place to complete the four-year deal, but the Pericos need to clear up the managerial sitatuation first. Vilhena can play as a central midfielder or on the left wing. Desptite being just 21, he’s already amassed 140 games in the Eredivisie and is physically very impressive. In Holland he’s been compared to Edgar Davids, although he’s also good technically. This season he has scored five goals.  Lluis Miguelsanzcenter_img 18/05/2016 Upd. at 18:45 CESTlast_img read more

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With Newcastle win, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becomes only second ever United manager to win…

first_imgAdvertisement n9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7brWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) mq4Would you ever consider trying this?😱84kcCan your students do this? 🌚5gRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becomes only the second manager in Manchester United’s history to win his first four league games in charge, emulating Matt Busby in 1946.Advertisement After decisive wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth, this was Manchester United’s sternest test under the Norwegian interim manager.Advertisement They failed to win against Newcastle at their home ground in St. James Park last season under Mourinho but came through this time.This was another high-octane, attacking performance from a team that has come alive under the caretaker manager.Lukaku, who had only been on the pitch only for a few seconds, made good use of a mistake by Martin Dubravka with the Slovakia keeper spilling a free-kick by Marcus Rashford.Rashford doubled the lead after a sweeping pass involving Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez ultimately led the ball to his legs and he fired it past the keeper.Among Manchester United managers, only Matt Busby can claim as strong a start, with Wednesday’s result having catapulted Solskjaer over Jose Mourinho into second place among all Old Trafford bosses in terms of fastest starts.Busby holds the best mark of any manager in the club’s history having won his first five matches in charge.Solskjaer will have a chance to make it 5 wins in a row when United faces Reading on Saturday for a FA Cup fixture. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Morty’s a handful

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS DOWN and almost out, Morty the cat has come a long way since he was rescued from…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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