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Under Picnic Table Were Mountain Lion Kittens

The litter was spotted outside an office building near LA

(Newser) - Two mountain lion kittens that survived after a litter of four was found under a picnic table are being cared for at a Southern California veterinary hospital, officials said. The four tiny cats, estimated to be about six weeks old, were spotted Nov. 29 outside an office building near foothills...

5-Year-Old's Mom Fights Off Mountain Lion Attacking Him

Boy is hospitalized with injuries after being dragged across lawn

(Newser) - A mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old boy and dragged the child across his front lawn in Southern California was shot and killed by a wildlife officer, authorities said Saturday. The 65-pound mountain lion attacked the boy while he was playing near his house Thursday in Calabasas, the AP reports,...

Homeowners' Trophy Heads Attract Mountain Lion

Animal jumped through window of California home

(Newser) - Taxidermy trophy heads mounted on the interior walls of a California home attracted a hungry intruder, police say. A mountain lion jumped from a fence and broke through a glass window at a San Bruno home early Tuesday morning but was scared off by the homeowners, the San Francisco Chronicle...

Capitol Riot Suspect's New Woe: a Dead Mountain Lion

Patrick Montgomery accused of killing animal near Denver, though he's not supposed to own guns

(Newser) - A Colorado man accused of storming the Capitol and who was banned from owning firearms is facing another arrest and new charges after feds say he killed a mountain lion near Denver. CBS Denver reports that Patrick Montgomery, 48, was already facing a series of counts linked to the Jan....

Owner Jumps in Car to Save Dog From Mountain Lion

California woman drove car onto lawn

(Newser) - Police say a California woman acted quickly to save her dog from the jaws of a mountain lion on Wednesday night. The dog's owners heard a noise in their yard in Woodside just before 10pm while their dog was outside. "When they looked out the window, they saw...

Texas Authorities Disagree on Possible Mountain Lion Attack

'It appears we have two conflicting reports from two agencies that are experts in their field'

(Newser) - A 28-year-old man was found dead in a wooded area in north Texas Thursday—and authorities disagree over whether he was killed by a mountain lion. When the body of Christopher Allen Whiteley was found the day after he was reported missing in Lipan, population 430, the Hood County Sheriff'...

Hiker 'Did Everything Right' in Terrifying Cougar Encounter

Animal pursued him down trail for 6 minutes

(Newser) - A Utah man pulled out his phone to record four small animals he saw on the trail during a hike Saturday—and ended up filming a terrifying 6-minute encounter with the cougar kittens' extremely protective mother. The video Kyle Burgess shared on Instagram shows the animal pursuing him down the...

Orphaned Mountain Lion Turning Into a Success Story
Firefighters on Hike Made a
Sad Find. Now, a Happy Ending 
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Firefighters on Hike Made a Sad Find. Now, a Happy Ending

Orphaned mountain lion cub who could barely squeak now doing much better after rescue

(Newser) - She was just over 10 pounds when she was found—"semiconscious, extremely emaciated, dehydrated, weak," and with tremors, per the San Diego Humane Society. Now, the mountain lion cub discovered by two firefighters early last month is a healthier 22 pounds, much more active, and, as the Los ...

Mountain Lion May Have Killed 3 Zoo Animals

Disoriented cougar roamed San Francisco for days

(Newser) - Zookeepers in San Francisco believe they have cracked the case of the massacred marsupials. A red kangaroo and two wallaroos—a kangaroo cousin smaller than a kangaroo but bigger than a wallaby—were found dead in an outdoor exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo on June 12, and the zoo...

Mountain Lion Wanders Into Downtown San Francisco
Mountain Lion 
Picked Up Downtown

Mountain Lion Picked Up Downtown

Cougar had wandered for two days in the city

(Newser) - A young mountain lion that had been spotted sleeping in a planter box along a normally busy street and looking at his reflection in the glass of an office tower in downtown San Francisco was safely captured Thursday and will be released into the wild, officials said. The disoriented cougar...

Cougar Had Already Attacked When It 'Lunged at Lady Deputy'

Colorado victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries; animal was killed

(Newser) - A mountain lion attacked a Colorado resident and then a sheriff's deputy before it was shot dead Wednesday afternoon. The initial attack was reported around 1:50pm in a remote area west of Loveland, which is 45 miles north of Denver, per NBC News . Representatives of the Larimer County...

Cougar Emerges From Bushes, Attacks 6-Year-Old

Girl escapes mauling with minor injuries after an adult started punching the big cat

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl is recovering from minor injuries after a mountain lion (also known as a cougar or puma) attacked her in a California nature preserve. KGO reports that the child was walking with her parents, four other adults, and four other children around 10am Sunday in the Rancho San...

California's '3-Strike' Law Claims Its First Mountain Lion

Camarillo landowner kills P-56, with permission from state officials

(Newser) - It's illegal to hunt mountain lions in California, but if one harms pets or livestock despite the property owner taking nonlethal steps to stop it, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife can issue a depredation permit allowing the landowner to kill the animal under the state's "...

Cougar Was Dragging Boy by the Neck. Then, a Distraction

Animal, found with backpack hurled by father, is euthanized

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy is recovering in Southern California after a mountain lion bit him on the neck. The boy was leading his family—two adults and three other children—on a walk through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Lake Forest around 4pm Monday when the cougar appeared, seized the boy...

Mountain Lions Killed After Eating Human Remains Near Trail

The cougars are not suspected to have killed the person in Arizona incident

(Newser) - Three mountain lions were killed by officials in Arizona after eating human remains near a popular hiking trail. The big cats, also called cougars or pumas, are not suspected of killing the person who was eaten, but the fact that they consumed the remains is troublesome because the animals are...

Woman's Love for Dog Shines Through in Mountain Lion Attack

Pumbaa, who sadly didn't survive, wasn't the only dog attacked this week in Simi Valley, Calif.

(Newser) - They say there's no love like a mother's love, and that applies to fur babies, too. In Southern California, that love shone through from one woman who valiantly fought to save her dog from a mountain lion. HuffPost reports the attack on Pumbaa, a miniature schnauzer, took place...

Mountain Lions May Have Unusual Enemy—Fog
Mountain Lions May Have
Unusual Enemy—Fog
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Mountain Lions May Have Unusual Enemy—Fog

Scientists say mercury-laden fog results in dangerously high levels in California pumas

(Newser) - It's not the type of predator that turns up in nature shows. But researchers in California say fog—yes, fog—poses a threat to mountain lions, reports Smithsonian . The reason? The marine fog in the Santa Cruz Mountains carries mercury, and that neurotoxin settles on the ground and works...

Mountain Lion Accomplishes Amazing Feat, Is Killed Trying to Do It Again

P-61 crossed California's 405 freeway, but died trying to cross back

(Newser) - On July 19, a Southern California mountain lion accomplished a daunting feat: He safely crossed the 405 freeway, the first collared mountain lion to do so in the National Park Service's 17-year study of the mountain lions who live in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. Other mountain lions...

Florida's Big Cats Are Stumbling, and No One Knows Why

Panthers and bobcats in Florida appear to be afflicted with disabling nerve disorder

(Newser) - There's a problem with Florida's big cats. The New York Times reports on a bunch of strange sightings of panthers and a bobcat in the Sunshine State, caught on trail cameras, that show the felines having trouble walking, caused by an apparent neurological disorder. Kittens seem to be...

After Seeing This, He's Thankful for Dull Pocketknife

Colorado's Richard Marriott escapes cougar attack with a scratch

(Newser) - A hunter has survived a cougar attack in Colorado by stabbing the animal in the face. Richard Marriott of Evergreen was returning from an elk scouting expedition in Kremmling's Big Horn Park—the site of a week-old cougar sighting—when the young adult male appeared after dusk on Aug....

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