Wile E. Coyote Removed From California School BathroomA coyote was at Jurupa Valley School last Monday (October 3) and was found chilling in a bathroom stall because why not?The staff member who discovered the coyote immediately called Riverside County Animal Services. The school then kept the bathroom closed until the officer arrived."Oh, that's not a pup. That's a full-grown coyote," said the officer from the animal service as he slowly opened the bathroom stall. The animal is believed to be about nine months old.The officer, Will Luna, lassoed the coyote, brought him to an area far away from the school, and released him there.School staff nicknamed the coyote "Wile E."(Image Credit: Riverside County Animal Services/ CBS News)#Coyotes #CoyoteSightings #California
Lost California Cat Turns Up 9 Years Later in IdahoLosing a beloved pet is a devastating experience. And that's precisely what Susan Moore, a woman from California, felt when her cat Harriet disappeared nine years ago. Moore searched every nook and cranny for the feline and even contacted shelters and lost pet sites. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Harriet. Her husband thought that the cat was killed by a coyote.Fast forward to today, over nine years later, when Moore received a surprising phone call."We found your cat," the caller informed Moore."My cat?" a puzzled Moore replied."We found Harriet," the caller clarified."Excuse me? What cat are you talking about?""We found your cat. I'm calling from Hayden. I have your cat."However, Moore replied that she was not familiar with Hayden, California."That's because we're in Idaho," the caller explained.It would take a few more minutes of explanation before everything became clear to Moore. Apparently, the cat was found by a passerby and brought to the Companions Animal Center (formerly Kootenai Humane Society), where it would be scanned for a microchip. The microchip then gave Moore's contact number. But how would a cat from California suddenly turn up in Idaho? No one knows.Moore theorizes that the cat probably hopped on her husband's horse trailer and off when the trailer reached the rodeo.While Moore thinks Harriet probably no longer remembers her, she still will welcome her back to her ranch.(Image Credit: Companions Animal Center)#Pets #MissingPets #Idaho #California
Ring Video Shows Mountain Lion Transfixed by its Own ImageA mountain lion in Big Bear California was captured on video by a home's Ring camera. The video was taken at about 4 am. At first the mountain lion is startled by its own reflection. Soon, however, the lion becomes entranced by what it sees.According to KTLA, the home owner thought the video was a must share. While mountain lions are common among the foothills and mountains of the San Bernadino National Forest, it is not often one is seen staring at its own reflection. What was the mountain lion thinking? Maybe he was thinking he looked like one cool cat. #mountainlion #cat #california
California Dog Found Wandering Small Village in GermanyThis cute golden retriever was found wearing a tag that said, "Gilroy CA Dog Lic 25742," There is nothing terribly unusual about that. Except that the dog was found in a German village -- 5,600 miles away from the location stated on its tag.​The Gilroy Police Foundation received a report regarding this dog and assumed that the dog might be from a U.S. military family. Apparently, they were wrong. This dog is actually spending its summer vacation in the place. Its owner actually lives in California and just went to Germany to be with his mother. Eventually, the owner was located, but there are no updates about their reunion with this cute furbaby. Tip: Have your best furriends licensed so that if they do get lost they can find their way home.​Image credit: The Gilroy Police Foundation​#Dog #Germany #Gilroy #California
The Wild Zebras of CaliforniaYou expect to only see zebras roaming free in Africa. It's true that some farms have zebras, but they are usually few in number and restricted by fences, as in zoos. But in San Simeon, California, there is a herd of 151 wild zebras, a growing population that does just what zebras do when they are free to live their lives as they please. These zebras were once the property of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. As a display of his wealth, he owned the largest private zoo in the world, until the Great Depression forced him to sell off most of the animals. He kept the zebras for a while, until a winter storm destroyed their fence and they just walked off to roam Hearst's 77,000 acres of land. In a quirk of fate, the ranch land in California is very much like the African savannah, and over the next 80 years, the zebras thrived and reproduced. Read about the California zebras and the laws, or lack thereof, that allow them to run free at Big Think. -via Real Clear Science(Image credit: BMilne) #zebra #California
California City of Sunnyvale is Fighting Crows with LasersThe city of Sunnyvale, California has a burgeoning crow population. While normally animals hanging around a city isn’t that much of a problem, in this particular area, the crows have become a nuisance. They have become the second most common complaint from residents.The city and its residents finally had enough of these cawing animals and decided to roll out a crow abatement pilot program. A worker will point a $20 handheld laser at these animals in hopes of scaring them away. According to laser scientist and Sunnyvale resident Ken Ibbs, “the reason it frightens them away is the same reason it’s useful for giving seminars,” he said. “It looks very bright. Green is particularly bright for things like crows. They have much more visual acuity.” Hopefully, the lasers do work to drive them away! Image credit: Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group#animals #california #sunnyvale #lasers
Pacific Footballfish Washes Ashore on Black's Beach in San Diego, CaliforniaIn November of 2021, a famous deep-sea creature from the film Finding Nemo was spotted on Black's Beach in San Diego, California. Jay Beiler, a Torrey Pines resident, was walking on the shore beneath the Glider Port when he came across the uncommon and unique deep-sea monster.It appeared to be a jellyfish at first glance, but when viewed up close, it was the "stuff of nightmares—mouth almost looked bloody!" and was around a foot long, according to Beiler.He decided to share the photos he had taken to NBC 7 San Diego a few days after seeing the fish. NBC 7 moved quickly and sought the expertise of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The fish that washed up on the beach, according to Ben Frable, collection manager of Scripps' marine vertebrate collection, was a Pacific footballfish, one of the larger species of anglerfish that is mostly found in the deep oceans of the Pacific Ocean.One of the lessons we've learned from this recent experience is that only two footballfish have been discovered in the area. The most recent one, as well as one discovered in 2001.Photo by: Jay Beiler#PacificFootballfish #SanDiego #BlackBeach #California 
92 Rattlesnakes Found Living Under the Floor of a California HomeSnakes and Ladders? What about snakes in your basement?On October 2, a woman from Santa Rosa contacted Sonoma County Reptile Rescue after fearing she had snakes under her house.The director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue came to her aid the next day and discovered a crawling mass of 92 snakes under her flooring. The snakes were identified as Northern Pacific Rattlers, which are one of the deadliest snakes in Northern California. According to Wolf, the woman's house appears to have an active den beneath it. Also, the snakes have made it a breeding place and have been there for quite some time.The retrieval of 59 newborns and 22 adult snakestook nearly 4 hours. Then there were two more expeditions to the site, where another 11 snakes were discovered. Despite the large number of snakes discovered and the need to return to the site, no one was bitten.Images by: Alan Wolf, Sonoma County Reptile Rescue#Rattlesnakes #California #SantaRosa #Sonoma #snake