Gov. Gavin Newsom's dad helped protect California mountain lions -- now his son faces the fallout

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thirty years ago, California voters approved a ballot initiative championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s father, William Newsom, that banned mountain lion hunting in the state. The initiative was approved in part because it secured protections for ranchers to shoot mountain lions that kill or maim their livestock.Now, the father’s crusade is a thorn in the son’s paw.William Newsom’s law is making it harder for Gov. Newsom to stop California’s iconic big cats from getting trapped and shot — even as the Democratic governor is feeling pressure from environmentalists seeking to prot...

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