Despite some road rash and a broken antler after tumbling out of a livestock truck, a reindeer wearing a red and green bridle found in the middle of a busy northeast Ohio roadway on Sunday was no worse for the wear, after its rescue by Norton patrol officer Kevin Starling. “One minute I’m out on the highway writing traffic tickets, and the next minute I’m holding onto a reindeer for dear life,” said Starling. Akron Beacon Journal.
When Terry Nowakowski, 20, broke down the door of his Zephyrhills, Fla. home to confront his girlfriend during a heated argument, Chelsea Harrison grabbed the nearest thing she could find to defend herself—a mounted deer head. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report she ”began striking him in the face and body with the ends of the antlers until she lost her grip dropping it to the floor.” She was charged with domestic battery. St. Petersburg Times.
A cable TV technician was understandably a bit unnerved when he came face-to-face with a 550-pound black bear in the unfinished basement of a home in Hopatcong, New Jersey on Wednesday. Responding conservation officers shot the bruin with a tranquilizer, and it dashed from beneath the house and led them on a chase through the neighborhood, before it succumbed to the sedative. NJ Herald.
An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report issued Tuesday confirms at least two wolves chased down and killed special education teacher Candice Berner, 32, as she jogged on a road March 8, 2010 near the village of Chignik Lake. “This appears to have been an aggressive, predatory attack that was relatively short in duration,” the report concluded. Via AP.
Conservation officers tranquillized and removed a black bear beleived to be about 18 months old found riding atop a garbage truck in downtown Vancouver, BC on Monday afternoon. It is believed the bear hitched a ride from North Vancouver, where the truck was doing pick-ups earlier in the day, said conservation officer Alex Desjardins. “Initially I had a hard time believing it,” said Desjardins. “The dispatcher said, ‘It’s not April Fools.’” Vancouver Sun.
In a ruling with implications for online pundits and commentators, a federal judge in Oregon has ruled a Montana woman sued for defamation of character was not a journalist when she posted on her blog that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally during a bankruptcy case, and thus cannot claim protections afforded to mainstream reporters. U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez found last week that as a blogger, Crystal L. Cox, from Eureka, Mont. was not covered by state shield laws protecting journalists. AP.
Blackburn Elementary School in Ellenton, Fla. won’t receive a customary fine from the local fire department for a recent false alarm, after security camera footage revealed it wasn’t triggered by a trouble-making student, but by a bushy-tailed intruder. “It’s really hard to fine a squirrel, so he got a stern lecture and was released outside,” joked Todd Henson, director of maintenance and operations for Manatee County Schools. Fox Tampa Bay.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a radio-collared mountain lion was photographed by a property owner’s trail camera in northern Houghton County on Nov. 13. “This is the third time this animal has been captured on trail cameras in the Upper Peninsula,” said DNR cougar expert Adam Bump. “The Wisconsin DNR earlier verified two trail camera pictures of this cat as it passed through Wisconsin on its way to the UP.”
Speeding around a blind corner on a fire access road in Southern California’s Verdugo Mountains, the last thing cyclist John Keoshkarian expected was a close encounter with a black bear he described as larger than a trash dumpster. “Me and him were kind of startled,” said the North Hollywood resident. “I never thought I’d run into a bear in Burbank.” Valley Sun.
Here’s further proof that not everyone has what it takes to explore the outdoors. A family of four searching for a Christmas tree southwest of Denver Sunday were rescued after becoming lost and phoning 911. “I think the kids started getting nervous when my husband was saying to go one way, and I was saying to go another way,” Tracey Fleming told KDVR-TV. “They were like, “Are we lost?” We were like, “No, no. We”ll be OK.”
Even for the Outdoor Pressroom it was an unusual trifecta for Henry Arnibal of Morgan Hill, Calif., who was charged this week with possession of methamphetamine, owning 50 fighting roosters and a stash of cockfighting ankle spikes, and illegally killing a bobcat and eating it. Arnibal told authorities in Santa Clara County that he killed the bobcat after it ate five of his fighting cocks. San Jose Mercury News.
As Wisconsin hunters prepare for the opening of deer firearms season, the Department of Natural Resources is telling those in the west central and northern portions of the state to be on the lookout for a young male mountain lion that has been recorded by remote trail cameras three times in recent weeks. Cougars are protected in Wisconsin, and can only be shot in self defense or to prevent harm to another human. Wisconsin Ag Connection.
An apparent grizzly sow with two cubs attacked and bit two hunters on Saturday afternoon in the North Fork of Bear Creek in the Madison Mountains southeast of Ennis, Mont. A third hunter in the party who was uninjured in the attack hiked the nearest ranch to summon emergency responders. Montana Standard.
The annual mullet-toss competition (involving the fish variety, not the awful 1980s haircut) at the Mullet Smoke-Off fundraiser on Florida’s Terra Ceia Island has attracted animal rights grandstanders, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which condemned the practice of throwing dead fish into washtubs and wheelbarrows. “You’d think they’d have other, more important things to deal with,” opined one event organizer. St. Petersburg Times.
Suzan Merritt, 38, of Jackson, Pa. received lacerations to her head, neck and arms Thursday night after she discovered a black bear attacking her German shepherd in her backyard and attempted to intervene. “I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as an attack,” said Wildlife CO Tim Conway. “It was more of a defensive motion by the bear, and it involved a bear, dog and, unfortunately, the woman got in the middle of it.” Times Tribune and Morning Call.
A doctoral dissertation written by Lawrence Roberge to complete his Ph.D at Atlantic International University (AIU), warns that invasive species could potentially be used by rogue nations and terrorists as unique forms of biological weapons. “These types of weapons are inexpensive to produce and hard to detect immediately, so they can cause extensive damage before they can be controlled,” writes Roberge.
California Department of Fish and Game wardens who discovered a marijuana-growing operation on a Santa Clara County tributary of Llagas Creek were able to destroy an illegal diversion dam and clean up the pesticides, fertilizers and other toxic waste in time to save spawning season for the steelhead trout downstream. San Jose Mercury News.
A young whitetail buck made a surprise appearance at an Atlantia-area Taco Mac restaurant on Sunday, temporarily interrupting the patrons’ hot wings and NFL footbal game. The buck crashed through a front window, losing an antler in the process, before exiting through an open back door. Atlanta Journal Constitution.
A national debate sparked by the remarks of Canadian Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton, who two weeks ago suggested Canada should replace the beaver as its national symbol with what she called “Canada’s most majestic and splendid mammal—” the polar bear. Now the online debate rages on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere over which critter most embodies the Canadian spirit. National Post.
Officials at Jacksonville (Fl.) Zoo and Gardens say a male white-backed African Vulture escaped from the facility Thursday after a device intended to keep it grounded malfunctioned, allowing it to fly away. The public is asked to notify the zoo if they spot the bird named Hodari, which is described as dark-plumaged with a white back and ring of neck feathers, big wingspan and a bare head and neck. Florida Times-Union.