Petition wants cougars listed as endangered

PUMA PROTECTION—A study estimates seven to 12 adult mountain lions live in the Santa Monica Mountains and less than 20 are in the Santa Ana Mountains. A request to add the pumas to the endangered species list was prompted by research indicating the cats are being boxed in by development, which thwarts their hunting capabilities, biologist Tiffany Yapp said.A pair of environmental groups has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to list mountain lions as an endangered species, arguin...

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