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Feral cattle terrorize hikers and devour native plants in a California national monument

SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT - Sand to Snow National Monument is a quiet place - its mountainous high desert and cascading streams a draw for those seeking panoramic views, tranquility and solitude.

But on a recent morning, the serenity was ruined by a menacing bellowing, making it clear passing hikers weren't alone.

On a ridgeline near a popular stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, five feral bulls, each the size of a small car, were snorting, stomping and pawing the ground - postures indicating they were ready to charge.

The bulls gazed down on human observers; some lowered their footlong horns. Then they lumbered on, trampling

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