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Mountain lions move toward San Diego suburbs, Borrego's wild horses are not mustangs

Whales hide in Baja lagoons, coyotes hide in San Diego canyons

“There’s a whole den of lions down on Prisoner Ridge [west of Lake Henshaw] somewhere.” (The lion in this  photograph is owned by Bob Farner of Vista.)
“There’s a whole den of lions down on Prisoner Ridge [west of Lake Henshaw] somewhere.” (The lion in this photograph is owned by Bob Farner of Vista.)

Return of the Mountain Lion

In October 1983, a lion killed a domestic goat at a ranch near Julian; in November 1983, a dead lion cub was found on the road near Santa Ysabel. In January 1984, at the Christian Conference Center near Mount Palomar, a lion killed 20 goats. That same month, a lion was accidentally caught in, and later released from, a coyote trap near Mesa Grande. In April 1984, an adult lion was killed by a car near Lake Henshaw.

By Steve Sorensen, Aug. 22, 1985 | Read full article

“The studs have been stealing mares. I just got a call the other day from some people — the Tweedies — who live up on Table Mountain. They lost a mare."

The Wild Horses of Coyote Creek

I was the only human in the canyon that night — probably the only human for ten miles in any direction. Before dark I walked in a circle on the canyon floor and found fresh, barefoot (unshod) horse tracks. There were also the tracks of wild cows, and later, when the moon rose over the Santa Rosa Mountains, I heard one of them bawling up Tule Creek. It was a forlorn song that lonely cow sang.

By Steve Sorensen, Nov. 20, 1986 | Read full article

One whale “came right next to the skiff and everyone was rubbing it and petting it.”

A Whiff of Whale Breath

For a dozen years after gray whales were first attacked in Magdalena Bay, they did find refuge in the large lagoons along the Baja coast. These lagoons were hidden from view, but in the winter of 1857-58, a sea captain from Maine who’d been lured to California by the gold rush figured out how to make his way into one of them. The name of Charles Scammon still designates that body of water on many maps.

By Jeanette De Wyze, Oct. 23, 1997 | Read full article

Skull of Ginko-toothed beaked whale. It seems incredible that mammals some twenty feet long could have survived for so long almost unseen by human eyes.

Mystery of the Beaked Whales

By the time they arrived the tide had gone out and the animal lay dead on the sand. “There was a guy from the Navy already there. He was asking the lifeguard questions, and one of the things he asked him was, ‘Did the whale make any sound before it died?’ and the lifeguard said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s one thing I forgot to tell you, it made one sound — kind of a boing sound.”

By Gordon Smith, Nov. 12, 1981 | Read full article

Ranch near Julian mountain lion incident. According to the ranch owner, the lions had killed one of his foals and injured another horse.

Lions in Wait

"Some of this may have to do with the fact that hunting mountain lions was outlawed in 1972 In addition to there being more people in the state, people are developing areas that were once wild. They go out into rural areas and start building homes and golf courses and irrigating and planting gardens - doing things that increase the amount of food consistently available to deer, for example. Deer are a mountain lion's main food source.

By Abe Opincar, Oct. 23, 1997 | Read full article

Coyote at Fund for Animals Wildlife Refuge, Ramona. "Domestic dogs are more likely to bite you than coyotes. It's safe to walk in these canyons."

Wild Dogs of Hillcrest

Crooks sees three major threats facing the canyons. The first is cats. "Outdoor cats surrounding the typical canyon kill nearly 1000 rodents, over 500 birds, and 600 lizards per year.” Then there's the coming red fox invasion. Since fur ranchers and hunters introduced them elsewhere in California, they're spreading south. And the third invader? "Ice plant," says Crooks. Ice plant invades down the slope, grows over the native habitat, and kills it.

By Bill Manson, July 23, 1998 | Read full article

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“There’s a whole den of lions down on Prisoner Ridge [west of Lake Henshaw] somewhere.” (The lion in this  photograph is owned by Bob Farner of Vista.)
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Return of the Mountain Lion

In October 1983, a lion killed a domestic goat at a ranch near Julian; in November 1983, a dead lion cub was found on the road near Santa Ysabel. In January 1984, at the Christian Conference Center near Mount Palomar, a lion killed 20 goats. That same month, a lion was accidentally caught in, and later released from, a coyote trap near Mesa Grande. In April 1984, an adult lion was killed by a car near Lake Henshaw.

By Steve Sorensen, Aug. 22, 1985 | Read full article

“The studs have been stealing mares. I just got a call the other day from some people — the Tweedies — who live up on Table Mountain. They lost a mare."

The Wild Horses of Coyote Creek

I was the only human in the canyon that night — probably the only human for ten miles in any direction. Before dark I walked in a circle on the canyon floor and found fresh, barefoot (unshod) horse tracks. There were also the tracks of wild cows, and later, when the moon rose over the Santa Rosa Mountains, I heard one of them bawling up Tule Creek. It was a forlorn song that lonely cow sang.

By Steve Sorensen, Nov. 20, 1986 | Read full article

One whale “came right next to the skiff and everyone was rubbing it and petting it.”

A Whiff of Whale Breath

For a dozen years after gray whales were first attacked in Magdalena Bay, they did find refuge in the large lagoons along the Baja coast. These lagoons were hidden from view, but in the winter of 1857-58, a sea captain from Maine who’d been lured to California by the gold rush figured out how to make his way into one of them. The name of Charles Scammon still designates that body of water on many maps.

By Jeanette De Wyze, Oct. 23, 1997 | Read full article

Skull of Ginko-toothed beaked whale. It seems incredible that mammals some twenty feet long could have survived for so long almost unseen by human eyes.

Mystery of the Beaked Whales

By the time they arrived the tide had gone out and the animal lay dead on the sand. “There was a guy from the Navy already there. He was asking the lifeguard questions, and one of the things he asked him was, ‘Did the whale make any sound before it died?’ and the lifeguard said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s one thing I forgot to tell you, it made one sound — kind of a boing sound.”

By Gordon Smith, Nov. 12, 1981 | Read full article

Ranch near Julian mountain lion incident. According to the ranch owner, the lions had killed one of his foals and injured another horse.

Lions in Wait

"Some of this may have to do with the fact that hunting mountain lions was outlawed in 1972 In addition to there being more people in the state, people are developing areas that were once wild. They go out into rural areas and start building homes and golf courses and irrigating and planting gardens - doing things that increase the amount of food consistently available to deer, for example. Deer are a mountain lion's main food source.

By Abe Opincar, Oct. 23, 1997 | Read full article

Coyote at Fund for Animals Wildlife Refuge, Ramona. "Domestic dogs are more likely to bite you than coyotes. It's safe to walk in these canyons."

Wild Dogs of Hillcrest

Crooks sees three major threats facing the canyons. The first is cats. "Outdoor cats surrounding the typical canyon kill nearly 1000 rodents, over 500 birds, and 600 lizards per year.” Then there's the coming red fox invasion. Since fur ranchers and hunters introduced them elsewhere in California, they're spreading south. And the third invader? "Ice plant," says Crooks. Ice plant invades down the slope, grows over the native habitat, and kills it.

By Bill Manson, July 23, 1998 | Read full article

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