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Mountain Lion Attacks Blamed On Lack Of Water, Food

An official said extremely dry conditions have prompted wild animals to look for water in urban areas.

Mountain lions and other wild animals may be seeking water and food in local neighborhoods.  Photo/Art G.
Mountain lions and other wild animals may be seeking water and food in local neighborhoods. Photo/Art G.

Local residents who want to keep their pets and children safe can consider this story out of Los Angeles County, which warns that mountain lions and other wild animals may be seeking water and food in urban neighborhoods.

Glendale police and state wildlife officials confirmed Tuesday that a mountain lion likely killed an 85-pound black Labrador retriever, which was found next to a dead rabbit.

The dog and rabbit were found dead in Glendale's 2000 block of Rimcrest Drive early Friday, "and we speculate that the animal was a local resident's pet," Glendale police Lt. Bruce Fox said.

The dog, identified as Bubba by its owners, James and Lynnette Hamada, was apparently dragged over a 3 1/2 foot stucco wall.

Police notified the state Department of Fish and Game, but Andrew Hughan of the state agency said the cat's trail had grown cold by today.

"People who live near open country have to take responsibility," Hughan said. "Generally, don't leave food out: Lions can smell it. And don't just put your pets outside and tell them to go do their business."

A mountain lion also killed a Jack Russell terrier in La Crescenta Nov. 23.

Hughan said the extremely dry conditions have prompted wild animals to look for water in urban areas.

The 2014 calendar year will go down as the driest on record, according to the National Weather Service. Only 3.6 inches of rain, about quarter of the amount in a typical year, has fallen at the NWS weather station at USC, making it the third year in a row of below-nomal rainfall.

Annual rainfall in Los Angeles -- typically measured from one July 1st to the next -- averages 14.93 inches.   --City News Service and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Thjomas (TJ) G Elsbury January 01, 2014 at 01:32 PM
The Fish and Wildlife Department is correct about the lack of food causing the attacks. Except they blame everything but their mismanagement of the lions number one prey for precipitating said attacks. In that regard before they began their late deer hunting seasons* the San Bernardino Mountain herd was estimated at 24,000 now it's estimated at three to four thousand. Thus it is small wonder that on Oct. 1 the German tourist vanished in the Panicles behind Lake Arrowhead. *When deer are breeding they are extremely vulnerable to hunters with modern firearms. For the Rest of the Story read the Clarion Review of my book posted below Clarion Review ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT The Cost of Being Green before Green Was Cool: A 51 Yr. Odyssey T. J. Elsbury Xlibris 978-1-4797-9421-8 Four Stars (out of Five) In-depth and well-documented research bolsters this emotive account of wildlife mismanagement. T. J. Elsbury’s The Cost of Being Green before Green Was Cool affirms that state wildlife agency mismanagement of the mule deer population in western states has led to the “mysterious” disappearance of numerous children and adults. His controversial debut book reveals how these disappearances can be traced to the cumulative effects of policies that led the deer’s natural predators to seek out other prey or face starvation. Elsbury’s passionate, eloquent, and meticulously documented book is a testament to one man’s struggle to warn government wildlife agencies that their incorrect understanding and mismanagement of the mule deer population is putting ecosystems and human lives at risk. The book begins with a moving dedication to the children that he “could not save”—all victims of mountain lion, coyote, or bear attacks. Elsbury’s dedicated efforts to get to the bottom of the problem challenged the egos of powerful officials and those who funded their rise to power, and exposed the misdoings, cover-ups, perjuries, and the cooking of records engaged in by agency employees. As a result, Elsbury was harassed, threatened, and arrested. He convincingly demonstrates his contentious relationship with government wildlife agencies led to losing custody of his granddaughter, a loss he grieved deeply. His detailed explanations of those events provide a chilling exposé of the failures of the American “justice” system. Elsbury calls on wildlife biologists to “quit rewriting history and take personal responsibility for their mistakes” instead of blaming every downturn in deer populations on weather, development, pathogens, or the curtailing of wildfires and logging. The truth of the matter, he argues, is the downturn is due to the wildlife managers “holding of general buck hunts during the rut and the taking of exorbitant numbers of breeding age females from select herds.” Elsbury’s engaging stories benefit from his long personal history in hunting and trapping, taxidermy, and wildlife photography. The author holds undergraduate degrees in wildlife biology, mass media, and journalism, received a Xi Sigma Pi (Forest Resources Scholarship Achievement Award), and is a member of the College of Natural Resources Society. On a positive note, the book is thoroughly researched and annotated, with a detailed table of contents, an extensive bibliography, and a helpful appendix filled with charts, lists, correspondence (official and otherwise), and copies of relevant newspaper articles; the book is also well indexed. The book’s cover is attractive and the back matter is sufficiently informative. Overall, Elsbury’s work is a highly valuable contribution to the literature on wildlife management and ecology. It is recommended reading for wildlife management professionals, scientists, journalists, hunters, and concerned citizens. Kristine Morris
Chris January 01, 2014 at 06:12 PM
What did you say?
Linda Ridenour January 01, 2014 at 06:43 PM
Manage our wildlife better. Put out water like we do for the cattle. Have developers save more land for these animals. Thank you T>J>
ChrisG January 02, 2014 at 05:33 AM
Manage our wildlife better. Allow the hunting of mountain lions.
Joe Zizzo January 02, 2014 at 11:45 AM
With the democrats in charge in Sacramento, California's wildlife management has become a POLITICALY / EMOTIONALY run program instead of a scientific approach to managing wildlife. This will only change when California fish and wildlife stops listening to the armchair environmentalists living in the big cities and starts to properly manage our resources.

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