Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Regarding the front page Article Cougar Attack leaves homeowner on edge in the Acorn Jan. 15-
So sad that the Park Service would issue a depredation permit (euphamism for killing a protected wild animal). We encroach and denude it's habitat, then say "it's pretty disconcerting to know you have an animal like this out and about in the neighborhood" to quote Jack Gill. That "animal like this" was there first, and just acting instinctively.
The Mountain Lion Foundation's website, has a wealth of information about how to co-exist with mountain lions. Light and sound deterrents, better or electric fencing (Mr. Gill admitted he had a breach in his fence and that he was away), maintaining a cleared buffer zone, and keeping animals sheltered dusk to dawn, may be more hassle and expense than complaining to the park service, but they are more humane and permanent solutions. Killing one lion won't prevent another from coming in the future. That "animal like this" may have a den of kittens somewhere.
Due to the pervasive use of anti-coagulant rodenticides, and speeding cars, these large cats are doomed. What is disconcerting is that we would intentionally destroy even one of them.
I empathize with Mr. Gill for loosing his pets. When my kids had pygmy goats, we would make sure the large horses shared their space. The goats had a shelter with a small opening into which they could hide. And still, after many years, one of the oldest goats was killed by what I think was a coyote. It was my fault for not doing everything possible to safeguard my pets. It never occurred to me to try to trap the predator or to complain to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy or Park Service.classa
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015



THURSDAY, January 15th

6:45 - 8:00pm

Come join us for our speaker series as we welcome

Brian Rooney, Author

Three Magical Miles

Along with the development of Los Angeles came a steady stream of people from the East Coast along with their sporting needs. The Santa Monica Mountains served as their playground for many years and the stretch between Las Virgenes and Kanan served as a hot bed for these activities.

The history is intact as one of our local residents, Brian Rooney, has published a book on the local history called the “Three Magical Miles”. There is no one better versed in the history of the area and next week he is joining us at Cornell Winery to share with us the story between the lines.

Brian works with the National Park System by aiding them in tours and talks on how Hollywood influenced the area as well as simply staying connected with some of our aging residents who still carry with them the stories of a time gone by.

This fascinating look at a small but historically rich area of the Malibu mountains covers a three mile radius around Malibou Lake where a key scene from the 1931 classic "Frankenstein" was shot, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Studios had their enormous location ranches, Ronald Reagan entertained dignitaries at his pre-Santa Barbara ranch and simians ran the world in the post-apocalyptic "Planet of the Apes".

The Three Magical Miles may be the only place in California where a former general store, one-room schoolhouse and a post office dating from the 1920's still stand and remain in use today. Here, you can really touch the past!

"Three Magical Miles" has over 300 photographs from 1913 to the present day.

Foreword by Zev Yaroslavsky, Fmr. Supervisor Third District, County of Los Angeles.

From the 1920's through the 1950's, thousands came here regularly to bathe in the therapeutic mineral waters at Seminole Hot Springs and paddle boats, picnic and dance the night away at Lake Enchanto - a precursor to Disneyland.

Two iconic locations still draw visitors from around the world: the outdoor M*A*S*H set where the TV series was filmed and the Rock Store, the legendary gathering spot for motorcycling enthusiasts from across the country and across the seas

Remnants of a once-famous race track still exist. If you listen carefully, you can hear the roar of the engines. 5,000 acres of beautiful hills and trails where many films were shot by Fox and Paramount Studios are now open to the public and waiting for you to explore.

Frankenstein at Malibou Lake 1931

We will be starting the event at 6:45 with Wine and cheese and then at 7:00 the speaker will begin. We keep the discussion to one hour but you are welcome to stay and keep it going till 9pm.

Cost is $15 per person which includes tax and gratuity

Please RSVP by replying to this email with your first and last name and phone number. Seating is limited!

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