Jan 4, 2012 11:31 PM by John Reger

What's the Difference Between a Caucus and Primary? How Many Mountain Lions Are There in SLO County?

Presidential caucuses and mountain lions are the subjects of tonight's Good Question. Joan Sampson from Santa Maria asks: When it comes to the presidential race, what's the difference between a caucus and a primary election.

Both determine how many party delegates will support the various candidates at that party's national nominating convention. A caucus is a private meeting of a political party where members discuss policy and choose a candidate in front of each other. A primary is an election where voters of a party go to the polls and choose a candidate in private. A caucus is similar to a town hall meeting, while a primary is like a general election. 12 states use the caucus system.

The next question comes from Eric Mund from Arroyo Grande. He asks: What's the estimated mountain lion population in San Luis Obispo County?

The Fish and Game Department says there's no hard survey data, but a rough estimate is 300 to 400 mountain lions in the county. That's based on how much lion habitat there is and what's known about lion densities. Santa Barbara County didn't have an estimate.

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