Woke Californians Encourage Mountain Lions To Kill Residents

6 05 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Mountain Lions (or Cougars) are not sweet little household pets. They are brutal and savage killers. Yet, California’s woke eco-Nazis—many of whom have never hiked a day in their lives—are wasting more than $87 million to build the “Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing” in Southern California, which is totally irresponsible.[2]

For almost no cost at all, such wild and deadly animals can be caught and released into wilderness areas far from civilization, where they will do no harm.  One example suffices to illustrate the madness of the woke “do-gooders.”

Orange County officials confirmed Friday that a male mountain lion killed and partially ate a lone bicyclist in a wilderness park around noon Thursday.  Four hours later, a female rider was savagely attacked by a mountain lion that was driven off by some other cyclists.

Officials said they were all but certain the same animal committed both attacks, and they were performing tests to determine whether that was the case.

The first victim, Mark Jeffrey Reynolds, 35, a competition cyclist who worked for a sports marketing company, was found dead and partially buried under sand along a quiet stretch of rocky, hilly trail in the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Foothill Ranch.

The second rider, Anne Hjelle, 30, a retired Marine who works at a health club, survived after being rescued by four or five other cyclists who pummeled the lion with rocks and even a bicycle, forcing it to flee.  She was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Orange County and was listed in serious condition Friday with wounds that were not life-threatening, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Dr. John Shaver, the trauma physician who treated Hjelle, said at a news conference Friday that she was talking and conscious and that her condition was improving after suffering lacerations on her head, neck, arms and back.

Officials described it as an exceptionally unusual attack by a type of animal that, while savage when provoked, rarely comes near humans and even less frequently attacks humans for food.  But the people who rescued Hjelle and witnessed the encounter said the lion had locked its powerful jaws around her head and was dragging her steadily into the brush before their shouts and battering forced it to release her.

“This was a predatory attack,” said Jim Amormino, the spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s just so out of the ordinary.”

The lion suspected of being responsible for both attacks, a 2-year-old, 110-pound male—which is not large for an adult—was shot and killed around 8 p.m.  Thursday by two sheriff’s deputies just 40 yards from where the first cyclist’s body had been discovered.  The lion had been spotted by deputies in helicopters using infrared scopes and then was pursued by officers on the ground.

“He was definitely stalking the deputies when he was shot,” said Amormino.  “There’s no doubt that lion was threatening.”

Amormino said that an autopsy had been completed on the first victim, Reynolds, with gruesome conclusions.

“The autopsy concluded that he died from the removal of organs in the chest and abdomen,” said Amormino. “It seems he was partially eaten.”

The lion’s strength also stunned some officials, since it attacked two strong and fit adults and apparently had no problem overpowering them. The lion would have easily killed Hjelle, an Orange County resident, had it not been for several other riders who pulled her away and smashed the lion with rocks.

Debbi Nicholls, a friend of Hjelle who helped in the rescue, burst into tears at a news conference Friday as she described a terrifying encounter.  She said she rounded a curve on the trail after hearing Hjelle’s screams.  She said the lion was already on top of Hjelle and had almost her entire head in its mouth. Hjelle’s biking helmet, Nicholls said, might have helped save her.

Nicholls added that Hjelle was conscious throughout the attack, even as other cyclists began to batter the animal to drive it away.

“This guy would not let go,” Nicholls said of the lion. “He had ahold of her face.”

The encroachment of suburbs into wilderness areas has pushed the lions into closer contact with people, making hunting more difficult. The park in which the attacks occurred, in the southern end of the county, is a mere 1,600 acres. The attacks occurred only about half a mile from the closest homes.

Steve Eppley, a resident of the area and a frequent bike rider in the park, said it is a popular spot among mountain bikers and trail runners because of its easy access and challenging terrain.

He said Hjelle was part of a loose-knit group called the Trail Angels that regularly rode in the park.  Signs warning about mountain lions are posted in the park.

In what officials said was an apparent coincidence, an 80-pound female mountain lion was hit by a car and killed late Thursday night about three miles away from the attacks.  Amormino said that lion also was undergoing testing to determine whether it might have been involved in the attacks. He said that was unlikely, since the lions tend to hunt and live far apart from each other.

He said forensic tests on the male lion were under way to make certain it was the animal that attacked the two cyclists.[3]

At the very least, cameras should record every animal that uses the Wildlife Crossing.  And every potential “killer” should be tagged so that if a human being is harmed in any way, one or more multi-million-dollar lawsuits can be brought against everyone and every entity that contributed to this madness.


© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele


[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/   He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service).  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallis_Annenberg_Wildlife_Crossing (“Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cougar (“Cougar”)

[3]  See https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Mountain-lion-attacks-kill-1-injure-1-Orange-2814215.php (“Mountain lion attacks kill 1, injure 1 / Orange County bicyclists rescue woman victim”)



10 responses

6 05 2022
H. Craig Bradley


A Mountain Lion spotted a guy riding his bicycle up Angeles Crest Highway a while ago and bolted down the embankment after him. What do you call such a Forest recreationalist, from a Mountain Lion’s Point-of-View ?

Answer: Meals on Wheels


6 05 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Very clever, Craig. 🙂

I have traveled up that road too many times to count, and have hiked Mount Waterman many times. On one occasion I planned to use a short cut to get to the summit; and my hiking companion spotted a Black Bear sitting on a rock “sunning itself.”

Apparently they have lousy sight, but great smell; and can travel fast. Hence, we took a circuitous route to the top, and the bear left us alone.

It is one of the great areas to hike in Southern California.


6 05 2022
H. Craig Bradley

Roe v. Cougar

A woman has the “right” to choose, say the liberals.
I say, the King of the (Urban) Jungle (Lion) has an equivalent “right” to eat too.

My right vs. Your right = social and political chaos in the absence of any residual cultural values which in the past resulted in consensus and a willingness to compromise.

The Chinese look at us all and laugh !


6 05 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig.

First, I do not care what the Chinese think about anything. They have massive amounts of blood on their hands, with more to come.

Second, as I responded to Ray, anyone who kills a fetus after conception has committed Infanticide. This includes those who aid and abet the Infanticide.

Third, Mountain Lions (or Cougars) have the right to eat, after being relocated to wilderness areas miles from civilization. They are wild and dangerous animals.


10 05 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

More Woke Madness

See https://apnews.com/article/business-california-los-angeles-eric-garcetti-66601e9026021c606109594235214f78 (“LA plans to impose twice weekly landscape watering limit”)

The same far-Left woke “warriors” who are putting Southern California residents at risk of deadly Mountain Lion (or Cougar) attacks are responsible for brown lawns, or no green lawns at all.

These eco-Nazis who preach the hoax of man-made “Global Warming” are shutting off the water usage of Southern Californians. Planet Earth goes through warming and cooling cycles, which have occurred for millions of years; and they will continue long after all of us are dead and buried.

The fact is that when rains occur, the water is not captured. The eco-Nazis want to destroy dams, not build new ones. Desalination plants might be built to use the abundant waters of the Pacific Ocean, but that’s not happening either.

The wokers should be voted out of office in California and everywhere else, and consigned to the dustbin of history.

See https://apnews.com/article/business-california-los-angeles-eric-garcetti-66601e9026021c606109594235214f78 (“In drought-ravaged California, water use is up dramatically”); see also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10829259/Belgian-malinois-save-owner-mountain-lion-attack-left-pet-fractured-skull.html (“California hiker saved by her dog after mountain lion attack”)


18 05 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Another Mountain Lion Attack

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10829259/Belgian-malinois-save-owner-mountain-lion-attack-left-pet-fractured-skull.html (“California hiker saved by her dog after mountain lion attack”)

The dog is a hero – which sadly suffered a skull fracture, in the process of saving the woman’s life.

The totally-despicable woke world views killer Mountain Lions as if they were sweet “household pets,” probably because they have never hiked a day in their lives.


9 06 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Hero Dog Eva That Defended Her Owner From A Mountain Lion Dies

See https://mol.im/a/10900439

Because of the always-despicable actions of the woke eco-Nazis – most of whom have never hiked a day in their pathetic lives – the next death may be of a human being, not a wonderful hero dog.


1 02 2023
Timothy D. Naegele

Another Tragic Attack That Might Have Been Averted

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11701151/Second-mountain-lion-attacks-young-boy-California-year.html (“California mountain lions attack second child in less than a YEAR, leaving most recent victim in a trauma center”)

Years ago in the Bahamas, the doctrine of “catch and release” was implemented in Marlin and other fishing tournaments. It would be simple to catch and release dangerous Mountain Lions in remote areas of the Sierras and other distant mountain ranges.

Until the woke advocates for such animals (or their loved ones) — or the eco-Nazis, many of whom have never hiked a day in their lives — are attacked, nothing may change.


15 02 2023
Timothy D. Naegele

Instead Of Helping Mountain Lions To Survive, The Woke Eco-Nazis Are Facilitating Their Deaths

See, e.g., https://malibutimes.com/mountain-lion-struck-by-car-in-malibu (“Mountain Lion died hours after being struck by car in Malibu”)

The animals should be caught and transported to the Sierras or other wilderness areas where they have a chance to survive, which would cost very little.

Instead, the woke eco-Nazis — most of whom probably have not hiked a day in their lives — want to endanger the animals and human beings alike.


26 03 2023
Timothy D. Naegele

If This Had Been A Mountain Lion . . .

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11903393/Terrifying-moment-coyote-mauls-Arizona-toddler-escaping-attack-child.html (“Moment coyote mauls Arizona toddler before attacking ANOTHER child”)

. . . The Children Might Be Dead.


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