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4 Things You Might Not Know About Elephants

4 Things You Might Not Know About Elephants

Mammals: In honor of World Elephant Day, August 12, here are two troubling facts about elephants, a cool piece of science, and one fact that's truly inspiring.
California Bans Bobcat Trapping in 3-2 Vote

California Bans Bobcat Trapping in 3-2 Vote

Hunting: A San Bernardino County resident who found a trap on his land says he never expected his find to result in bobcats being protected statewide.
Repeal of California's Lead Ammo Ban Fails -- For Now

Repeal of California's Lead Ammo Ban Fails -- For Now

Hunting: A bill that would have repealed most of California's landmark ban on lead ammunition won't be passing before the ban begins to take effect.
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Rural County Wants Its Bobcats Protected From Trapping

Rural County Wants Its Bobcats Protected From Trapping

Mammals: Backers of an end to bobcat trapping in California got some indirect support from one of the state's most rural counties.
Northern Counties Opposing Ban on Bobcat Trapping

Northern Counties Opposing Ban on Bobcat Trapping

Mammals: The state commission that regulates hunting and trapping in California is considering a complete ban on bobcat trapping in the state, but two Northern California counties have a problem with that.
Coyote Hunting Contests Banned, But Killing Events Continue

Coyote Hunting Contests Banned, But Killing Events Continue

Hunting: The controversial coyote-killing contest that sparked the state's landmark ban is set to take place again this weekend -- with just enough procedural changes to skirt the ban.
Is it Time to End Coyote Hunting in California?

Is it Time to End Coyote Hunting in California?

Commentary: Last week's sad news about the Grand Canyon wolf proves again that wolves will be shot by hunters who mistake them for coyotes. The solution: end recreational coyote hunting.
New Wildlife Laws Taking Effect on New Years' Day

New Wildlife Laws Taking Effect on New Years' Day

Legislation: Come New Year's Day, new wildlife laws going into effect include a number of procedural matters, refinements and clarifications of earlier laws, and a few important new wildlife protection measures. We've described the most important here.
Amador County Man Racks Up Fines, Probation on Deer Poaching Charges

Amador County Man Racks Up Fines, Probation on Deer Poaching Charges

Mammals: A resident of the Sierra Nevada foothills was sentenced to probation and thousands of dollars in fines after being convicted on trophy deer poaching charges this week.
Bobcat Poacher Gets Probation

Bobcat Poacher Gets Probation

Mammals: A man who pled guilty to illegally trapping and killing dozens of bobcats and gray foxes in Lassen County was fined $5,000 and sentenced to a year's probation.
Ban on Wildlife Killing Contests Moves Forward

Ban on Wildlife Killing Contests Moves Forward

Hunting: Last week's California Fish and Game Commission got a lot of press attention for the Commission's decision to add the gray wolf to the state's Endangered Species list, but another decision by the Commission has so far slipped under the radar: an agreement to move forward on a ban on wildlife-killing contests in the state of California.
Coyote Defender Allegedly Assaulted At Modoc County Hunt Contest

Coyote Defender Allegedly Assaulted At Modoc County Hunt Contest

Hunting: The weekend's heavy rains may have put a damper on an annual coyote killing contest centered in the Modoc County town of Adin, but the close of the event took an unexpected turn anyway: with an alleged assault by the contest's main sponsor on an opponent of the event.
Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Affects California Animals, Too

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Affects California Animals, Too

Hunting: You don't have to travel to Africa or Asia to see wildlife populations under severe pressure by illegal market hunting. According to wildlife law enforcement officials speaking at an online press event Tuesday, several California wildlife species are heavily targeted as well. But with law enforcement officers stepping up investigations, poachers are facing heavy fines and serious jail time.
State May Ban Hunting Contests For Coyotes And Other Wildlife

State May Ban Hunting Contests For Coyotes And Other Wildlife

Hunting: California's Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to consider a ban on hunting contests such as this weekend's secretive coyote drive in Modoc County, with one Commissioner suggesting such contests are unethical.
Modoc County Coyote-Killing Contest Being Kept Under Wraps

Modoc County Coyote-Killing Contest Being Kept Under Wraps

Mammals: For the eighth consecutive year, a general store in the far north of the state is sponsoring a contest that awards prizes for hunters who shoot the most coyotes. This year's contest is a little different, though: organizers are trying to keep opponents from finding out about it.
3 Tule Elk Poached in Central Valley, Reward Offered

3 Tule Elk Poached in Central Valley, Reward Offered

Mammals: Someone illegally killed three of the majestic tule elk near Los Banos in late September, and a state deer hunting group is stamping mad about it. The California Deer Association has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the miscreants.