Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Officials: Don’t Land Your Helicopter in Our Fields to See Super Bloom — KTLA

Officials with the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster never thought they’d have to warn people not to land a helicopter in the middle of the fields – that is, until someone actually did. In light of that recent event, a warning was posted to the reserve’s Facebook page on Tuesday morning. “We never…

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California Fisheries to Close Early in Effort to Protect Whales — KTLA

California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state’s coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday. The April 15 closure, three months before the crab fishing season normally ends, is part of a settlement reached…

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Lake Elsinore’s Vibrant Super Bloom Is Visible From Space — KTLA

This year’s wildflower super bloom display in Southern California is so breathtaking, it’s drawing too many visitors. Faced with traffic jams, crushed flowers and overflowing public toilets, authorities temporarily closed access to Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore to the swarms of tourists who’d flocked there to take the perfect Instagram picture of those bright orange…

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In the Face of an ‘Extinction Vortex,’ a Radical Plan Emerges to Save Southern California Cougars — KTLA

The future is looking increasingly bleak for some Southern California mountain lions. Urban encroachment, inbreeding, vehicle strikes, rat poison and wildfire have all taken their toll on cougars living in the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains. Now, research published Wednesday suggests there’s an almost one-in-four chance the charismatic cats could become extinct in those areas within…

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Bear Cubs Found Along Highway in Northern California May Have Been Poached: Wildlife Officials — KTLA

Wildlife officials say they believe someone illegally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a Northern California highway. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says its investigators are processing evidence discovered with the cubs March 9 along State Route 96. Game wardens say they couldn’t find the mother,…

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California Water Agencies Fight Over Multistate Drought Plan — KTLA

A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on plans to keep the…

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There’s a Once-a-Decade ‘Super Bloom’ in the California Desert – for the 2nd Time in 2 Years — TIME

(BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif.) — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California’s Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above. Two years after steady rains followed by warm temperatures caused…

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Residents Of Paradise And Other Towns Destroyed By Wildfire Must Wait To Go Home — News : NPR

People who survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history were told this week that they cannot camp out or park RVs on their destroyed properties. They must keep waiting.(Image credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR)

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Gray Wolves in California Secure Protection Under the Endangered Species Act — TIME

(LOS ANGELES) — A California judge on Monday upheld protection for gray wolves under the state’s Endangered Species Act, rejecting a legal challenge from ranchers and farmers who fear the predators will threaten their livestock. The judge in San Diego ruled that California was right to list the wolves as endangered in 2014. A lawsuit…

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Catching Some Rays And Then Making Some Waves! — Through Open Lens

F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 100. California Sea Lion What do you call a seal in the desert? Lost. Interesting Fact: The California sea lion is a sleek animal, faster than any other sea lion or seal. These eared seals top out at speeds of some 25 miles (40 kilometers) an hour. ( http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/california-sea-lion/ )

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