Fishing guides complain that the Feather River looks very different this year below the troubled Oroville Dam, due to collapsed banks and sediment and other debris washing into the river. The question is whether the state should pay to clean it up. Guides like James Stone say "yes," due to the problems with the dam's spillway, but state officials who run the dam say it's not clear whether the river is worse off than it naturally would be after a record rainy season.
Animal rights group Farm Sanctuary removed six pigs from the tiny Delta island they'd been living on for the last four years. The group said they were undercared for on so-called "Pig Island." This video is compiled with permission from Farm Sanctuary's live Facebook video.
Three 10-day-old mountain lion kittens were found in Sonoma County. Their mother is P1, a female mountain lion enlisted in Audubon Canyon Ranch's research study. They were found in the Glen Ellen/Kenwood area of Sonoma County.
South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue personnel were called out in late April to scare off some bears that entered a garage. Sierra bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food, fire officials said. They advise area residents to keep their structures closed and garbage cans secure.
Rangers in the Santa Monica Mountains on Monday, April 24, 2017, recently captured two young adult male mountain lions who researchers as part of their study on the species’ ability to survive in an urban area. The two cats are now known as P-55 and P-56. They will face the same threats as previous younger males in the mountains: a habitat fragmented by freeways and development (along with rat poison moving up the food chain) and the dominant male lions who already have staked a claim to the area, according to National Park Service spokesman Zack Behrens.
Seventeen years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio was the chairman of Earth Day 2000. He stressed that if we don't make climate change a priority entering into the 21 century, we are “creating our own scenario for disaster.”
Mountain lions are generally calm, quiet, and elusive. People rarely get more than a brief glimpse of a mountain lion in the wild. Lion attacks on people are rare, with fewer than a dozen fatalities in North America in more than 100 years. But just in case you do encounter a mountain lion, this video will help you be prepared.