DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Water gushed from a leak in a shark-filled aquarium in a ritzy Dubai mall on Thursday, sending startled shoppers scattering and shutting down nearby shops in one of the city’s proudest attractions. Read more
Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest, a three-day event expected to draw 30,000 visitors and exhibitors to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend, began yesterday with the annual Bird Dog Parade, featuring about 70 bird dogs representing about 35 sporting breeds. “The relationship a bird hunter has with that dog, it doesn’t exist in deer hunting or fishing,” said PF’s Bob St. Pierre. “It’s the partnership between man and a canine that is almost completely unique to bird hunting.” The Omaha World-Herald.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) reports net sales of $271.0 million and earnings of $1.44 per share for 2009, compared with sales of $181.5 million and earnings of 43¢ per share for the previous year. Further, the Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 6c per share for the fourth quarter. Press release.
An amendment giving constitutional protection to Arizonans’ right to hunt and fish passed the state House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety on Wednesday and now moves to the full House for action. The amendment, which is supported by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, would have to be approved by voters in November. Arizona Daily Star.
Marie Simon looks at her property where a coyote emerged on Wednesday and attacked her. (CBC)
A New Brunswick woman who wrestled with a coyote Wednesday was still shaken hou
rs afterwards but managed to walk away needing only a tetanus shot and a bandage.Marie Simon of Saint-Charles, near Richibucto, said she went into her backyard about 2:30 a.m. to let her puppy Sampson out. “He started pulling to go back in the house,” Simon said. “[I] thought it was just a puppy thing, and I heard a snarl and I turned around and I thought it was just a dog — and ended up it was coming right at [me]. All I could see was teeth.” Read more
According to this article the pythons and a few other species are upsetting and destroying part of Florida’s ECO system. So instead of having open season on the critters, they restrict hunting to 30 days and make you pay to do it. I have to assume that in the not so distant future, Florida will have a season on rats, mice and other pests and will charge you a fee to set traps or call in an exterminator to spray your home, and I assume based on this law that you will only have a 30 day window to do it. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State wildlife officials have created a special python hunting season to try to stop the spread of the nonnative snakes throughout the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says anyone with a hunting license who pays a $26 permit fee can kill the reptiles from March 8 to April 17 on state-managed lands around the Everglades in South Florida. The season is open for Burmese and Indian pythons, African rock pythons, green anacondas and Nile monitor lizards. Thousands of the nonnative Burmese pythons are believed to be in the region, upsetting the natural balance of the ecosystem. Wildlife officials on Monday trained a group of hunters on how to identify, stalk, capture and remove them.
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Police in Denville, NJ shot and killed a 400-pound black bear Sunday after it ripped through a home’s screened porch, grabbed a young girl’s pet rabbit and proceeded to eat the bunny in the backyard. Homeowner Joe McCabe said he didn’t realize the animal had eaten his 11-year-old daughter’s rabbit until he saw a large hole in the porch screen and tufts of fur. The Star-Ledger.
A SeaWorld employee died this afternoon during an incident at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium, an Orange County Sheriff’s Office official confirmed. SeaWorld, rescue personnel and the Sheriff’s Office are not revealing the identity of the victim, although a local TV station is reporting that it was a female employee who was killed after she was grabbed by one of the theme park’s whales at the start of a public show. Park guest Victoria Biniak told Local 6 that the trainer was a veteran of SeaWorld and had just finished explaining to the audience what they would see during the performance. Read more
Meet giant George, 43 inches from paw to shoulder and 7 feet, 3 inches from head to tail. The Great Dane has been crowned both the world’s tallest living dog and tallest dog ever by Guinness World Records. George’s 3-foot-7 height is in line with the average 7-year-old human — but at 245 pounds, he’s heavier than most adults. And his owners say he acts like one, too. Read more
A Washoe County (Nev.) Sheriff’s deputy who was assisting a Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist in attempting to tranquilize a 600-pound black bear and remove it from condominium complex crawl space in Incline Village, Nev. shot and killed the animal when it charged him, according to a department press release. The Sierra Sun.
Conservation officers with Nebraska Game & Parks killed a 100-pound female mountain lion at a ranch in the northwestern part of the state Sunday after determining it posed a safety risk to humans and livestock. It was the 96th confirmed mountain lion sighting in Nebraska since 1991 and the 68th in the Pine Ridge. The Omaha World-Herald.
The so-called Project Grey Goose Report on Critical Infrastructure points to state and/or non-state sponsored hackers from the Russian Federation of Independent States, Turkey, and China as the main threats to targeting and hacking into energy providers and other critical infrastructure networks. Read more
The Obama Administration is considering 14 potential national monuments in nine states, including Cedar Mesa and the San Rafael Swell in Utah, and adding significant protection to federal land in numerous other states, according to a leaked Department of the Interior document. Republicans are up in arms over the draft, and officials from Utah are on their way to Washington to complain. The Beehive State is still stinging from Bill Clinton’s 1996 designation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which protected 1.7 million acres of land. Read more
As budget cutbacks prompt the first round of state park closures beginning this week in Arizona, the state has not yet detailed its plans to secure the properties and protect the assets contained within them, particularly at sites vulnerable to vandals and artifact looters like Homolovi Ruins near Winslow and Lyman Lake near St. Johns. The Arizona Republic.
Following four months of evaluations of alternative camouflage pattern colors, U.S. Army soldiers deploying to Afghanistan this summer will receive fire resistant Army combat uniforms in MultiCam, along with associated equipment including body armor, rucksacks, and helmet covers. The MultiCam camouflage pattern patented by Brooklyn NY-based Crye Precision is designed to blend and reflect the surrounding colors of the environment. Army Times.
Through action of the the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, those holding valid hunting licenses may purchase a $26 permit to hunt Burmese and Indian pythons, African rock pythons, green anacondas and Nile monitor lizards from March 8 to April 17 on state-managed lands around the Everglades in South Florida. Via AP.
Since Utah renounced polygamy and became a state, it was illegal for the public to fish rivers that ran through private property. That changed in 2008 when Utah’s highest court ruled that anyone can fish in any river provided that they can access it via a public bridge or public park. A guy with enough gumption can wade miles deep into private property to find a fishing hole. The Utah leg is currently in session, and will vote on a couple bills, likely today. One of the bills (HB80) sides with fishermen, and another that (HB141) sides with wealthy property owners who don’t want any riffraff on their pristine shores. Contact your local reps and give them an earful.
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Here’s one for all owners of overweight old Labrador retrievers. One-time bird-hunter Buck, 13, was found alive last week after being trapped for 40 days in a hole adjacent to a creek near Los Gatos, Calif. His fur had been chewed by bugs and rodents, and he was 50 pounds lighter than when he went missing on Jan 6. “Fortunately, he was a little overweight before, so I think he was living off of that,” said his owner, Terina Held. The Santa Cruz Sentinel.
According to new statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Safety, Volunteer State residents with handgun-carry permits leapt by nearly 51,000 in 2009, reflecting a 23-percent increase from the previous year. Approximately 6 percent of Tennesseans qualifying for CCW permits now have one, according to the new data. The Memphis Commercial Appeal.
At least one Major League Baseball player—Cardinal relief pitcher (and avid hunter/outdoorsman) Ryan Franklin—is bothered by the new blanket policy that prohibits taking any type of firearm or weapon into MLB clubhouses. “If you grew up around it, being in the outdoors and stuff, I was taught as a young kid how to respect firearms,” said Franklin, adding, “there are a few guys that screwed it up for everybody.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch and MLB Fanhouse.
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