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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Always blame the ladies, Bob? Well, they blame us for everything that goes wrong, so I guess that's fair.

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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Human fatalities: what is the most dangerous animal? - the mosquito, and they'll never leave us alone.
    I have heard entomologists and immunologists who study mosquitoes estimate that half of the human beings who ever died did so because of a mosquito carried illness.
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    But even the skeets are dying

    Here they have become tiny, invisible to me

    all the bugs are dying out here in Fly Over land

    Used to be I had to stop often to clean the bugs off the windshield, now never

    Birds are moving North, 1000's of Black birds attacked my yard last week for worms and maybe voles
    sin eater

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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    We've got a lot of regular blackbirds, but the beautiful and melodious redwing blackbird flocks, once plentiful, are getting smaller and smaller. Saw a migrating flock a few days ago. They're dependent of native marshes, which have not only been widely drained, but basically fumigated by farm insecticides. Now somebody out of state with zero education in the issue wants to divert a lot of the water that is already in short supply; but I won't elaborate. The irony is that as more corridors of native grasses and bugs are removed, and the more chemicals need to be used to gain the upper hand, and there goes all the natural pest predators like ladybugs too. Farmers end up in a vicious cycle where insecticide-resistant super-pest insects get harder and harder to kill. Super boll weevils almost destroyed the SoCal cotton farms. Yes, small organic farming operation are catching on; but they can't prevent drift-over from what's being sprayed in the adjacent big operations, or even things like freeway exhaust if near one of those. But then there are critters like coyotes, deer, skunks, possums, raccoons, wild turkeys, and now even mtn lions that are successfully adapting.

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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    This happens on Coastside trails more often than most realize.. Notice the expression on this Lion. They typically don't want human contact in any way.
    Know when on these trails, YOU'RE in their turf and subject to their ways. If you're not willing to accept this reality, do not enter their turf.

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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Near Loveland, Colorado, off the road to Rocky Mountain National Park, one attacked 5 horses (one had to be put down), then chomped a lady's shoulder, then attacked a deputy, and was finally tracked and killed by a wildlife officer. A busy day.

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