Southern Cal officials eye wildlife corridors to protect grounds, habitat


CAMARILLO, Calif. — A Southern California county is considering measures to protect wildlife roaming grounds and habitat, a decision lauded by environmentalists but worrisome to ranchers.

The Ventura County Star reports that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted last week to develop policies for a swath of territory as large as 170,000 acres. The land is used by mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats to find food, shelter and mates, but human structures there can hinder the animals.

The board has asked planners to develop standards for new development in the wildlife corridors. The process could take more than a year and includes public workshops, environmental review, hearings and board decisions.

Many ranchers say the measure is excessive government intrusion that could affect noise, lighting, vegetation and fences allowed on their grazing land.

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