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California man survives mountain lion attack

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A California mountain lion.

Sometimes it can be easy to forget just how tenuous the line between civilization and nature can be here in California. That line was all but erased for a 63-year-old Marin County man camping in the Sierra Nevada foothills over the weekend when he was attacked by a mountain lion.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, the man was in a sleeping bag near the Yuba River when the animal attacked.

"He felt a paw on the side of his head. It woke him out of a deep sleep,” said Patrick Foy, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game to the Examiner. “He was startled, and that initiated the ferocious attack.” The man suffered bites and claw marks on his head, hand, arm and back. After somewhere between a minute and a minute and a half, the animal moved about fifteen feet away and stared at the man before running off into the darkness. The man, who has requested anonymity for now, was able to drive himself to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and later released.


California official who killed mountain lion fires back at critics, refuses to step down

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Calif. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has publicly asked Richards to step down.

The growing controversy around California Fish and Game Commission president Daniel Richards killing (and reportedly eating) a mountain lion in Idaho is reaching fever pitch. With even more politicians joining the chorus for him to step down from his post, Daniels has fired back at his critics in an unapologetic letter sent to a wide range of recipients including every member of the state legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Secretary of Natural Resources.

“Do you really think a California Commissioner is actually obligated to follow California laws across these United States? Really?” So begins the letter, which is excerpted in the Huffington Post. “While I respect our Fish and Game rules and regulation, my 100 percent legal activity outside of California, or anyone else's for that matter, is none of your business. … Under your standards all Californians who enjoy gaming in Nevada are somehow ethically challenged as true Californians and should be removed from any official position.” He goes on to say that “there is ZERO chance” he would consider relinquishing his post, despite politicians and the thousands of names signed to various petitions asking him to do so.