A month after a homeless man was badly injured in an apparent mountain lion attack at his camp near Perris, authorities say they can’t confirm a cougar was responsible. Though officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife at first were confident a mountain lion had mauled Raymond Navarro, they now are raising the possibility that he might have been attacked by a person. Read full report.
A remote camera snapped more than 350 high-quality images of mountain lion P-13 and her kittens as they fed on a mule deer over two nights in Malibu Creek State Park last week. The cameras were set up to check on the male and female kittens, P-30 and P-28, who biologists haven't seen since they were tagged when they were about three weeks old, said biologist Jeff Sikich with the National Park Service. Read full report.
The Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) has confirmed reports that an Arabian leopard was found poisoned in Makkah’s Wadi Numan area. The head of the National Wildlife Research Center Dr. Ahmad Al-Bouq, said the leopard had apparently eaten the corpse of an animal that had been injected with poison. Read full report.
Sometimes news stories don’t end well; and then there are stories like this one that has the “purrfect” ending that will leave you “roaring” with joy. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were working at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County earlier this year when they came across a week-old, one-pound male panther kitten. Read full report.
A family in Rancho Penasquitos contacted 10News, frustrated because their calls for help ended with a bobcat on the loose in their community. Melanie Mason says a bobcat made itself at home in her backyard. Her husband snapped photos of the bobcat to prove it. Read full report.
The deaths of two dairy cattle and injuries to two others on a Dakota, Minn., farm have turned into a whodunit that may be solved if tracks at the site are confirmed as those of a mountain lion. Read full report.
This incredible set of photographs is, to my knowledge, the first snow leopard kill to be documented on camera. These images were taken by Adam Riley deep in the Himalayas in the Hemis National Park while hosting a snow leopard tour through the area. Read full report.
When I set out to cover the story of Thailand’s fishing cats, I never expected vandalism could lead to an unprecedented wildlife discovery for this little known endangered species. Fishing cats are increasingly rare. New estimates suggest only about 2,500-3,000 remain in the wild. It is only in recent years that scientists have started to gain a better understanding of where these small wildcats live or what’s happening to them. Read full report.
Los Angeles may be densely inhabited and full of traffic, but residents here are lucky to live near wild open spaces large enough to sustain mountain lions. About a dozen adult mountain lions live, mate and hunt deer and small prey on a patchwork of public and private land in the Santa Monica Mountains stretching from Point Mugu to the Sepulveda Pass. But these big cats essentially live on an island — hemmed in by freeways and the ocean — and their isolation imperils their long-term survival. Read full report.
A week after an attack on a Southern California man, DNA tests to determine whether he was mauled by a mountain lion proved inconclusive, the victim remains too injured to be interviewed and the suspected cat hasn't been found. California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Lt. Patrick Foy says samples gathered from 48-year-old Raymond Navarro and his Riverside County campsite have not been good enough to get conclusive results. Read full report.
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