This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
New Hope for Pumas in the Santa Monica Mountains
The Los Angeles Times reports that the last breeding pair of pumas in the Santa Monica mountains (rather unromantically dubbed P1 and P2) have produced a litter of four of the rare feline predators, boosting hopes that the species can avoid extinction in the rapidly urbanizing range.These kittens, in a scenario with unsettling similarities to the experiences of UFO "abductees", were implanted with abdominal tracking devices by scientists while their mother was away snacking on deer and/or family pets. Researchers will use the tracking data to chart the tiny carnivore's movements as they wrestle, chase butterflies, and generally engage in kitten-type behavior.
LAist would like to extend our congratulations to the happy couple, notwithstanding the fact that P1 probably does not even realize he's a father. It warms our hearts that somewhere out there, in the rapidly vanishing wilds of LA, is a lioness and her cubs, prowling the range and continuing the unbroken line of mountain lion habitation amongst the crags of the Santa Monica mountains.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.