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Mountain lions cross highway 101

Two mountain lions crossed Highway 101 in the early morning of April 3 which brought attention to the “proposed wildlife passage at Liberty Canyon,” according to the Ventura County Star.

Known as P-32, the mountain lion is one of few that has made the trek across the freeway since 2002 when the study by biologist began, the Ventura County Star said.

According to Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist interviewed by the Ventura County Star, the young mountain lion made its way towards the Ronald Regan Presidential Library and near the Simi Hills.

“They seem pretty motivated to go somewhere else,” Riley said.

While the National Park Service approximates between 10 and 15 mountain lions living in the Santa Monica Mountain area, there “have been about 40 that biologist have tracked,” according to the Ventura County Star.

 

Devastating earthquake hits Nepal

A 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday with a 6.7 aftershock, killing approximately 2,150 people, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The earthquake devastated homes, temples and infrastructure throughout the country. It is estimated that 4,700 people have been injured over the weekend from the earthquake and aftershocks, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It was also reported that 217 people are now missing at the base camp of Mount Everest due to the earthquake. Countries from around the world pledged aid and supplies to Nepal, including “Australia pledging $5 million worth of supplies” and “Japan sending a 72-person rescue team,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

 

‘Nerd prom’ becomes DC’s largest event

The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, often referred to as “nerd prom,” has become one of DC’s largest events in the last few years, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Some of the biggest names from movies, sports and television sat with members of Congress for the event that took place on April 25, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“The mix of politicians, the media and Hollywood celebrities was surreal,” Darby Stanchfield from the ABC television show “Scandal” said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

 

Fossilized dinosaur eggs found in the Chinese city of Heyuan

The Chinese city of Heyuan, often referred to as “Home of the Dinosaurs,” was the discovery site of 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs, according to CNN.

The city has the largest number of dinosaur eggs in the world and will add these to their collection, according to CNN.

Construction workers made the discovery along a main road in Heyuan city last week. Researchers said they analyzed the fossils to determine which species of dinosaur they belong to. With 19 of the eggs still completely intact, Heyuan can add it to a collection of over 17,000 eggs, according to CNN.

 

Christopher Otmar
Staff Writer
Published April 29th, 2015