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Posted on April 27 at 11:21 a.m.
I had to look up whether or not mountain lions are considered endangered and here's what I found on the CA Department of Fish and Game:
Are mountains lions listed as a threatened or endangered species?Mountain lions are not threatened nor endangered in California. In fact, the lion population is relatively high in California and their numbers appear to be stable. Mountain lions are legally classified as "specially protected species". This has nothing to do with their relative abundance and does not imply that they are rare.
So it looks like, protected yes, endangered no. But I would assume "protected" would apply to a live animal.
The critter wasn't purposefully killed. I suppose I have a different perspective towards the dead...just an empty vessel. If our plane went down in the Andes, and I died and you were starving, I'm totally fine with you eating my body. ;) I don't think I'd care any longer!
On Paws Sawed Off Dead Mountain Lion
Posted on April 27 at 11:06 a.m.
A Tibetan-Buddhist nun? And he didn't stop to help? Oh man, he's royally screwed on so many levels! He's definitely coming back as a rat...he sorta already looks like one! Accidents happen, but how does one not stop to help???! I think it could only be worse if it were a child. Well I hope she recovers fully and quickly...unless her walk on this earth is meant to be complete. Perhaps she's reached the continuous bliss and emptiness. But for the sake of the rest of us, we could all use a little more good in the world, and any loss of it is mourned.
On Police Arrest Hit-and-Run Suspect
Posted on April 27 at 10:33 a.m.
I think Cottage should bring in some of the saved patients...it might be hard for the neighbors to complain about the inconvenience of waking up to a stroke victim who narrowly escaped death. SHHEEESH peoples!
On Cottage Hospital and Its Discontents
Posted on April 27 at 10:08 a.m.
I heard they're calling for arrest now! Well...I hope they don't find them because it seems absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary to me. They're offering up $1500 from somewhere...and then to do what? Arrest some people and throw away the paws? Do you ever have that feeling where you feel like you must be missing some part of the story, because for the life of you you can't come around even an inch to thinking along the same lines? I mean, the mountain lion is DEAD. The lucky-foot-bandits didn't kill the mountain lion...they just sorta harvested a mini trophy from an already dead animal. Maybe they plan on making a mountain lion foot necklace or something. ;) Was the state/county/whatever planning on stuffing this critter or something? Are mountain lions protected? Is there a black market for mountain lion paws? What am I missing???? If I came upon a dead eagle you can sure as hell bet that I'm gonna pluck a feather. Isn't that the same thing? It doesn't feel wrong to me. I might even keep the whole thing...pluck the feathers...bleach out the bones...lots of treasures! As for the mountain lion...I'd be more interested in the pelt and skull! Ha! Except (don't worry!)...you wouldn't see me out there trying to saw anything off of it...I'm too fragile and soft to deal with that much gore! I would never hack it as a hunter! If we went back to hunter/gatherer days I'd definitely be a gatherer.
By the way, I was cracking up at your comment John Locke. No disrespect to your view, but I couldn't reconcile your name and view! I watched some LOST and I think that the John Locke character would've probably been the first to saw off some mountain lion paws to wear around his neck!
Posted on April 2 at 2 p.m.
On The Dogs of Rincon
Posted on March 30 at 2:17 p.m.
I like how some of you question "who writes this stuff?". What I find funny about it is that we all use fake names, while the writer's name is clearly attached to the story. Perhaps you mean to ask, "why write about this?". It's a good thing you're not the writer! Knowing how to ask the right question isn't everyone's forte!
While I don't condone drooping in on someone, the story did make me laugh-out-loud a couple times. I'm digging the artwork too!
On On Fire with Arson
Posted on March 2 at 12:38 p.m.
Forget the view from the bridge, what about the view OF the bridge? There is no appreciation for the architectural elegance of the bridge!
You can not save people who don't want to be saved! That's the bottom line! So what's the point of this thing? It certainly is wasted money that I'm sure could've found a use elsewhere. If people really want to jump off the bridge then they'll climb the barrier. Then we'll have to build a barrier for the barrier. Better put a barrier on the courthouse tower too.
On Cold Spring Bridge Suicide Barrier Complete
Posted on February 15 at 12:45 p.m.
“I hope we can assure members of the community that we’re here to save lives, not disturb them.”
I hope that works out too. I can understand that change is difficult to swallow; and I can understand that these noises and lights are disturbing, but come on people! There are dying folks on those flights! It's not just someone toying around. Some things just cannot be scheduled out or limited! "Sorry Jack, but we can't get you to somewhere else to save your life because we've already done our max. number of flights and it's not within our allowable flight hours." Do you really feel okay with doing something like that? Life or inconvenience? Which one should win out?
I too was woken by the helicopters. And then I went back to sleep. I've also been woken by the train, by the city bus going by, and quite often by coyotes. I also understand that I live in a city, and cities are loud.
In the past two months I've had two healthy friends unexpectedly need life-saving specialized operations that couldn't be performed at Cottage. They were both taken to other hospitals. Those are good people - people who have lots of loved ones; people who do a lot of good in this world. Let's not forget what these choppers are doing - saving lives.
On New Hospital Helipad Sees Heavy Action
Posted on February 3 at 2:16 p.m.
I'm glad that SB is doing these sting operations. Several years ago I was hit by a driver while on a crosswalk on Cabrillo. The driver didn't stop, and I was lucky to have walked away from the incident. It was more than a little tap - I was a rag doll being tossed through the air. I never reported the incident. I pretty much fled the scene out of embarrassment (of all bizarre reactions to have - very similar to Dane Cook's stand-up about people being hit by cars!). Now of course I realize that I was in shock. I was either entirely lucky or had an angel watching over me.
As for the Milpas cross-walks...they're terrible and extremely dangerous! The city needs to do something about them. It's not just drivers that need more awareness. There are four lanes down Milpas and it's a very busy street. Just last week I was driving in the right hand lane, next to another car in the left lane who was a little over a car's length ahead of me. That driver suddenly slammed on the brakes, and thank goodness I did too, because there was a pedestrian crossing. My view was blocked by the other car! In the morning driving south down Milpas, one is driving into the sun and the shadows from the trees create a large contrast between light and dark; it's difficult to see people in the shadows! I'm all for cross-walks, but I think these ones on Milpas should either be eliminated, or have a light-up strip to signal that there's a pedestrian. I know the city has no money, so maybe they should just close the Milpas cross-walks down until they have the funding to make it safer.
On Police Cite 60 Drivers During Crosswalk Stings
Posted on December 15 at 5:26 p.m.
Holy crap! What sort of antiquated law is that????!!!? How have I never heard of this before? Am I getting this straight, SHE can't keep HER liquor license because of her husband's felony??? I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that this law has mostly affected women...as in female business owners have mostly been royally SCREWED by this. Um...I would go the divorce route, keep the rings on and family together under one roof, and keep the business with the liquor license. Who needs a piece of paper anyways??? And...I don't blame the husband for taking a plea deal. He probably did it to alleviate some of the stress on his pregnant wife, and to ensure that she wasn't going back into the slammer.
I don't think that business owners should be 'taking it in the behind' over grey areas of law. That's something that the City and the State should be working out BEFORE they start prosecuting people. That just wouldn't hold up in court.
I've seen Hortipharm in the newspaper a couple times over these past few years - quotes, pics, etc. It seems to me that they were the only dispensary willing to operate with a level of transparency and openness to the public. There are (or at least have been) other dispensaries that are awfully quiet and trying to fly under the radar, which to me is when they start to seem a little sketchy. Why be in the shadows if you've got nothing to hide?
On Pizza and a Beer, Hold the Beer
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