The campaign to end wildlife killing contests like the annual "Coyote Derby" in Adin, California got a boost this week, as the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to propose a rule that would ban offering prizes for killing predatory mammals in California.
Our entire neighborhood once went on high alert when I discovered the top of Longfellow's cage nudged aside and my boa constrictor gone. Eventually my grandfather, sitting on the back porch, looked up at the ceiling and mildly observed, "You might be interested in that."
They haven't been seen in the Santa Monica Mountains in four decades, but a population of California red-legged frogs in the Simi Hills is raising biologists' hopes that the threatened species might be able to be replanted in the rugged Southern California mountain range.
There are piles of colorful bounty, and retirees with walkers, and young mothers with strollers, and small children who have escaped said strollers and now have rings of various colors around their mouth. There is also something soothingly pleasant that I can't quite pin down.
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