Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lion vs. Bear

Winner gets the Gator:

"The L.A. Zoo knows who killed its koala — but it’s not pressing charges" by Sarah Kaplan Washington Post  March 17, 2016

Sure, the evidence was circumstantial — no one saw P-22 attack the koala. But it would have been enough to convict Los Angeles’s most famous feline resident, and the sentence for koalacide can be severe.

Luckily for P-22 and his fans, the zoo has declared it will not seek the death penalty — or even a restraining order — despite weeks of debate over whether the mountain lion known for prowling majestically past the Hollywood sign should be allowed to roam free.

‘‘It is the zoo’s hope that P-22 remains in Griffith Park,’’ spokeswoman April Spurlock told the Los Angeles Times. ‘‘This is a natural park and home to many species of wildlife. We will continue to adapt to P-22 as he has adapted to us.’’

The zoo is right at the edge of P-22’s home range, in the rugged, 4,000-acre expanse of L.A.’s Griffith Park (sometimes referred to as ‘‘the Central Park of Los Angeles”). And while koalas aren’t exactly natural mountain lion prey — 8,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean pretty much take care of that — an older, feeble marsupial makes for pretty appealing cat food. Even more so now that the best the city dumpsters have to offer is gluten free cupcakes and half-drunk kale smoothies.

‘‘The attack on the koala, although sad, is normal predatory behavior,’’ Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for California Fish and Wildlife, told the L.A. Times....

That is the attitude I take these days towards all the wars based on lies to advance power and profit. 

It's better that way; it's better.



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