We hope that everyone has a safe and uneventful, or should I say trouble free new years eve. Take care friends we will see you next year.
Rodriguez is claiming innocence. This is the explanation of the shot from the Natural History Museum’s website:
José Luis visualized this image many years ago, when Iberian wolves first returned to Ávila in the Castilla y León region of northern Spain, and cattle ranchers declared war on them. His idea was a picture that would symbolize the ancient conflict between humans and wolves, while showing the beauty and strength of this fabled animal. But it took a long time to find the ideal location, let alone a wolf that would jump a gate. His chance came when he found a landowner who was happy to have both the wolves and José Luis on his property, and also had the ideal setting: a copse and an ancient, disused cattle corral.
This shot compares the background from Rodriguez’s shot to a Spanish private natural reserve.
Parishioners at St-Raymond Roman Catholic Church in Gatineau will celebrate their last mass Sunday. (CBC) A Roman Catholic Church in Gatineau, Que., is facing a rocky future, but the archbishop of the diocese feels that’s not such a bad thing. Read more
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for an exotic animal dealer have accused an employee of intentionally neglecting animals to further his work as an undercover investigator for an animal rights group. Read more
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My childhood wasn’t different from others of the Baby Boomer generation. Northern Virginia after World War II was an odd mix of The Walton’s and American Graffiti. The rural south still existed where we now call it “outside the beltway.” When Dad bought our Annandale house in 1954, State Route 236, aka “Little River Turnpike” was a 2-lane country road between Alexandria and Fairfax Courthouse, which wasn’t yet a city. Our neighborhood was surrounded by dairy farms, hardwood forests were full of game, and we shot my brother’s open-sighted .22 bolt-action out the upstairs bedroom window to kill woodchucks raiding Dad’s garden. Our neighbor was an avid hunter who let us watch him butcher deer and feed scraps to his two German shorthaired pointers. When I turned 12, he showed me his deer rifle, a Winchester Model 94 in.30-30. Like any kid who watched TV cowboys of that era, I was enthralled! Read more
A Nevada couple letting their SUV’s navigation system guide them through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow for three days when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road. Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — People in sunny, outdoorsy states – Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona – say they’re the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine. Read more
You are not going to stop it, it is the locals who do it, not people who come in to enjoy it. So use those federal prisoners we pay so much to house to clean it up. SKULL VALLEY, Utah (AP) — During a warm spell this fall, vandals hauled 18 decrepit televisions and computers down a narrow gravel road in Utah’s picturesque Skull Valley, dumped them on a hillside, blasted them with guns and left them for dead. Read more
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A two-month capture of about 2,500 wild horses from public and private lands in northern Nevada began Monday amid protests that the roundups are unnecessary and inhumane. Read more
The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat. The boar gored Kremer in the knee with a razor-sharp tusk. The burly pig farmer shrugged it off, figuring: “You pour the blood out of your boot and go on.” But Kremer’s red-hot leg ballooned to double its size. A strep infection spread, threatening his life and baffling doctors. Two months of multiple antibiotics did virtually nothing. Read more
It always looks farther away through your viewfinder. This guy was shooting some pics during a Kazakhstan eagle hunt when the animals turned on him.
A man and woman visiting Colorado from Hawaii were rescued after they spent a night out in the cold Colorado mountains.
Kira Davis and Duc Ong went backcountry skiing on Christmas Day west of Leadville and got lost. Read more
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The lone survivor of a fishing boat accident off the southern New Jersey coast has been released from the hospital, but the fate of two other crew members remains unknown. Read more
LANTANA, Fla. (Dec. 27) — It started with a cough, an autumn hack that refused to go away. Then came the fevers. They bathed and chilled the skinny frame of Oswaldo Juarez, a 19-year-old Peruvian visiting to study English. His lungs clattered, his chest tightened, and he ached with every gasp. During a wheezing fit at 4 a.m., Juarez felt a warm knot rise from his throat. He ran to the bathroom sink and spewed a mouthful of blood. I’m dying, he told himself, “because when you cough blood, it’s something really bad.” It was really bad, and not just for him. Read more
A steadily improving United States Biathlon Team posted historic Silver and Bronze medal winning performances at a major World Cup competition in Ostersund, Sweden recently as the team gains world attention leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more
POCONO SUMMIT, Pa. (AP) — A fifth-generation Boy Scout, 11-year-old Brad Corr is steeped in all the lore and tradition: the Scout Oath and Scout Law, campcraft and community service, the daily doing of good deeds. Read more
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard crews on Thursday searched the frigid Atlantic Ocean in vain for two men missing after their fishing boat was hit by a large wave and sank off the state’s southern coast. Read more