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Knott's Berry Farm delays opening for updated Camp Snoopy area

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Knott's Berry Farm delays opening for updated Camp Snoopy area

The debut of the new and improved Camp Snoopy, originally slated to open Memorial Day weekend, has been delayed. The land’s reopening date has been pushed back until June or July, according to multiple reports.

New additions, such as rides, dining and improved experiences are slated to come to the kiddie land in what will be the first extensive overhaul of the area in a decade.

The last time the theme park updated Camp Snoopy was in 2014 for its 30th anniversary, according to the Orange County Register.

Some of the new rides and experiences coming to the land include a new family coaster, an updated off-road rally face attraction and a super-sized swing suitable for kids and adults.

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The updated plan for Camp Snoopy also includes a new theater, an updated version of Woodstock’s Airmail now known as Camp Post Office, a brand new lookout terrace area known as Barrell Bridge and Waterfall, updated dining at Grizzly Lodge and more.

At Barrell Bridge and Waterfall, guests can earn merit badges and explore the great outdoors. Parents can relax while their children participate in the activities.

Plans for the Camp Snoopy renovation were first announced last August.

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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

Residents in a region of San Bernardino County are on high alert after home surveillance cameras have spotted several mountain lions roaming neighborhoods.  

One Redlands resident, identified only as Virginia, spotted a lone prowler on her property on Drake Ridge Crest, the big cat strolling across the porch in the evening hours.  

“It was obvious it was a mountain lion just the way it walked, like it was king of the roost,” she told KTLA’s Shelby Nelson.  

Virginia, who frequently checks her camera footage for a stray cat that she’s been feeding, said the cougar was on her property last Thursday and it was definitely a different cat that she expected to see.  

“It kind of made my jaw drop because I’ve never seen a mountain lion before,” she added.  

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California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife told KTLA that it has received several reports of mountain lions in the area, with many residents posting videos to social media.  

Near Hillside Memorial Park, less than three miles from Redlands, one person’s security cameras captured a mountain lion in their backyard.  

“Specifically where these reports came from, on the edge of Redlands, adjacent to the San Timoteo Canyon, [this is] where lions – all wildlife really – use that canyon as a migration corridor,” CDFW representative Kevin Howells explained.  

  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood

These areas, according to Howells, are mountain lion territory and sightings are to be expected, particularly since more people now have cameras.  

“People are detecting what has been walking around the entire time,” he explained.  

Additionally, Howells said it’s the end of kitten season and mature female cougars have likely already given birth and are stashing their offspring while they go out and hunt for food.  

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Earlier this month, in Thousand Oaks, a baby mountain lion was captured on home surveillance cameras stalking a house cat.

However, the number one food source for mountain lions are deer, so Howells recommends people deer proof their homes.  

“Trim back any excess cover, any vegetation that these animals may use,” he advised.  

As for Redlands resident Robert Zielinski, who owns a dog that seems like it might stand a chance with a mountain lion, he says he’s staying prepared.  

“We usually lower [our] guard. I don’t panic, but after watching that video, I double check that all the gates are locked, closed, that the doors are closed and windows,” he said.

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Wildlife officials couldn’t confirm if all the sightings involve the same cougar, but did warn residents who may come upon a stash of kittens to not approach it because the mother may be nearby and will be returning.

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UCLA academic workers union strikes after response to encampments

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UCLA academic workers union strikes after response to encampments

Academic workers at UCLA are on strike Tuesday to protest the University of California System’s response to pro-Palestinian encampments on campus.

The protests, created in response to Israel’s actions in Gaza in the months following Hamas’ Oct. 7, 2023, attack, roiled campuses nationwide and led to violence in some cases, including at UCLA.

While some officials have faced negative repercussions, including the UCLA police chief, the union representing academic workers said more wrongdoing has not been addressed, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Starting at UC Santa Cruz last week, strikes organized by United Auto Workers Local 4811, which the Times notes “represents 48,000 graduate student teaching assistants, tutors, researchers and others,” have affected UC campuses right as these workers are needed most for finals and year-end projects.

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Jon Baird of KNX News said strikers have been a visible presence on campus, including by blocking access to a parking garage for visitors, and UCLA isn’t alone.

UC Davis workers are also on strike, and as many as three other campuses could join the strike by Friday.

“The academic workers contend that their free speech rights were violated when university leaders called on police to forcibly remove pro-Palestinian encampments at several campuses and activists at UCLA were not protected from an attack on the camp by counterprotesters for hours,” the Times reports. “Police later dismantled the UCLA encampment, making about 200 arrests, including some members of the striking union.”

UC officials have argued the strikes are illegal, though the state labor board rejected its request.

In the meantime, striking workers are expressing their support for the Palestinian people and hoping these strikes aid their cause.

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“I think the union is in a position to really just lift up this issue on the national stage and challenge sort of mainstream discourse and status quo,” Gene McAdoo, a doctoral student at UCLA, told the Times.

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Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood

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A young mountain lion roaming a Thousand Oaks neighborhood has residents on alert, especially after it was captured on home surveillance cameras chasing a family’s house cat.  

While the baby couguar may look cute at first glance, residents in the area quickly realized the small mountain lion is hungry and looking for food.  

“I saw it and I looked again because we do have house cats go across the front door,” Thousand Oaks resident Kelly McGee told KTLA’s Carlos Saucedo. “I looked again and I was like, ‘No, the ears are round. That’s not a cat.’”  

Kelly and Mark McGee spotted the cougar on their home’s motion activated cameras earlier this when it was on their front porch.  

“It wasn’t full size, so we had to re-look at it and zoom into it and stuff and then we realized, ‘Oh my God, it’s a baby mountain lion,’” Mark explained.  

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  • Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood
  • Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood
  • Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood

Cameras at their neighbor’s home across the street also captured the young mountain lion as it was chasing after a cat and it’s unclear what happened to the wild cat’s prey.  

“We hope it’s okay,” Kelly said. “We haven’t heard of any neighbors missing a cat yet, so hopefully he made it home.”  

The McGee’s and their neighbors live near Los Padres trail, a wildlife preserve. So, residents in these foothills are used to seeing all sorts of animals, including coyotes who routinely visit homes in the area.  

“We’ve been here since 1987,” Esther O’Connor told KTLA. “Basically, the only wildlife we’ve ever seen, up until I would say a couple of years ago, were birds and squirrels and racoons, but never a mountain lion.”  

The recent cougar sightings have residents on edge, particularly those with small pets.  

“They can jump the fence pretty easy and get in the backyard,” Mark explained. “We let our dogs out late. I always worry about that.”  

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It’s also unclear if this young mountain lion has any siblings, who are also out on the hunt.  

“Just a little baby, but we haven’t seen mom yet on the prowl,” Kelly said. “It would be cool to see mom, but at the same time, it’d be a little scary.”  

Experts say these sightings are a good reminder to secure your pets and stay vigilant.  

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