The Zoo turns Judith Moore philosophical, aggressive dog catchers

Animals begin more and more to be observed . . . wistfully, nostalgically.

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You tell me why, what, keeps my stub-toed Frye boot from kicking, jabbing the open-toed lavender sandals, nylon-encased toes; what stays the hand from grabbing the gray-suit lapels, from turning that wood-laminate table over; what keeps the mouth, tongue from yowling, screaming, howling; what holds a person back from breaking out, breaking up, breaking loose.

By Judith Moore, Jan. 27, 1983 Read full article

Going to the dogs

We had to appear before the judge. We had to wait with traffic violators, petty thieves, drunken drivers. You have the right to plead guilty or not. Since our dog had leaped the fence, we pled guilty. Result: a firm reprimand and a stiff fine of $50, twenty of which was suspended “until the next time.”

By Lines from PS., Jan. 16, 1975 Read full article


Of the 250 known species of sharks about 30 can be found in and around the waters of San Diego.

The better to eat you with my dear!

In 1959, the year Bob Pamperin was killed, there were dozens of sightings around La Jolla. City lifeguards, who set up a shark patrol that summer, pulled a number of Blues and Hammerheads out of the water. It was thought that a large female White must have “pupped” in the Cove early that summer since a number of “baby” White Sharks, four to five feet in length, were taken from the water.

By David Helvarg, Jan. 20, 1977 Read full article


Raccoons will be for sale again in April at the Royal Pet Center in Lynnwood.

Photo by Robert Burroughs

How much is that bobcat in the window?

“And if these animals are so happy and so tame, then why are they kept in cages?” asks Martha Hall, who runs a wildlife rescue center in Alpine. In the case of Mrs. Wolfs cougar, the cage protects the animal from people , not vice versa. But Hall dislikes all cages—especially the ones she must clean every day.

By Robert Paul, Sept. 22, 1977 Read full article


San Diego fairly hums with brightly credentialed dolphin research activity.

The secret life of dolphins

“Sure, you can say that the dolphin saw the human, realized he was in trouble, figured out what it would have to do, and then took appropriate action. But alternatively, you can realize that dolphins have a strong maternal instinct for keeping their own young in touch with the surface.”

By Jeannette DeWyze, Oct. 27, 1977 Read full article


“What was that cinnamon-colored bird that just flew over?” asks one young man. “That was a marbled godwit,” Unitt says.

Photo by Robert Burroughs

Visitors on the wing

Wilson’s phalaropes fly south as early as mid-June, a time when willow flycatchers are just arriving in San Diego for the summer. Among the later fall migrants are some species of hawks, who don’t begin their migration until October. At that time they can be seen gliding high above coastal ridges like the one along Point Loma.

By Gordon Smith, Oct. 5, 1978 Read full article


Joe Jehl still remembers the day in the spring of 1969 when he announced his findings at a press conference at the Natural History Museum.

Future lock

The group raced back to the mainland and Jehl immediately headed south. In San Diego he grabbed a boat and motored out to the Coronados, where the scene was even worse than that at Anacapa: out of 350 to 400 nests, no young survived. Further south, on Baja’s San Martin and San Benito islands, the toll was less dramatic, but still abnormal. Everywhere, Jehl found strange, deformed shells.

By Jeannette DeWyze, April 19, 1979 Read full article

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