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the skunks of los feliz
5.01.2004
 
This is very cool in the way that seeing a shark glide under your boat might be. Hopefully this cougar will be able to peacefully inhabit the park without running afoul of the humans (myself included, late-coming interloper that I am) that have squeezed his natural habitat, year after year. Unfortunately, most mountain lion-human interactions end in death for the cougar, rather than catch and release or other conservation-minded outcomes. This is not to say that mountain lions should be allowed to present a danger to people. And I'll be the first to admit that I will be exercising much more caution on my twilight hikes to the top of Mt. Hollywood. But these beautiful (and potentially dangerous) animals are reminders of another California, the one that existed before the swimming pools and cantilevered hill-side homes. We should embrace this past like we embrace our present, as things that are important to us, the things that make us Californians.
 
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