WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) Glacier National Park administrators want to make it easier to take action against problem grizzly bears following last year’s shooting of a popular but trouble-making bear. Under a proposal open for public comment through May 7, the park would lower the bar to list a bear as “conditioned” — a designation that can trigger hazing or killing the bear. Last August, park rangers shot a female grizzly — and inadvertently killed one of her cubs — after the old sow grew increasingly bold around humans over more than a decade. The new rules would list a bear as conditioned if the animal approaches people or repeatedly touches their tents, backpacks or food containers. Previously bears had to steal food, destroy property or display aggressive behavior toward people.
ZWOLLE, La. (AP) Authorities have found the bodies of a missing Sabine Parish couple in their wrecked Jeep. The bodies of 57-year-old Charles Britt and 58-year-old Wanda Leone were found Monday afternoon in their vehicle in a wooded area off of La. Highway 191 northwest of Zwolle. Authorities tell The Times that Britt hit a deer and lost control, sending the SUV into a wooded area. Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers believes the force of the impact caused the couple’s deaths. Rivers said the deer carcass also was at the scene. Authorities said the couple was last seen late Friday afternoon.
A new study suggests that certain mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of beer and prefer victims who’ve been drinking. Fortunately, drinking a lot of beer makes you care less about getting bitten by mosquitoes and encourages building really big campfires that help keep the pests away. This is less of a problem in the Mountain West where mosquitoes don’t pile up, and it’s much worse news for developing countries where malaria is a problem.
Floyd Dominy, who oversaw some of the Federal Bureau of Reclamation’s biggest projects—including the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in the 1960s—died last week at 100. Reviled by environmentalists, Dominy said organizations like the Sierra Club were elitist and that his projects improved upon nature. The Wall Street Journal. Hat tip to The Westerne
A 10-year-old girl who survived being stung by the deadly box jellyfish — may have rewritten medical history
Rachael Shardlow from Australia lost consciousness after being badly stung by the jellyfish while swimming in a river with her brother in December. “When I first saw the pictures of the injuries I just went, ‘You know, to be honest, this kid should not be alive,’” zoology professor Jamie Seymour, from James Cook University, told ABC News in Australia. “I mean, they are horrific. Usually when you see people who have been stung by box jellyfish with that number of the tentacle contacts on their body, it’s usually in a morgue.” Read more
“Deep beneath the silent icecap of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland a cataclysmic seismic event was unfolding. On the morning of 21st March 2010 molten magma a thousand feet under the glacier was building up pressure and forcing its way through fissures in the earth’s crust beneath the glacial ice cap. The first few days of the trip were very challenging. The conditions at first were extremely cold on the ice cap…then increasingly hot as I approached the molten lava fields. Freezing temperatures sent billowing steam high into the heavens. The glistening ice belied the stirring powerful forces at work beneath me. Read more
This fall, Northwest Florida offers some special deer and wild hog hunts at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and a unique “big-game” hunt on the island of St. Vincent NWR. The application period for these hunts begins at 10 a.m. May 4 and continues through 11:59 p.m. June 10. There are two archery hunts, two general gun hunts and one mobility-impaired gun hunt on St. Marks NWR, which covers 60,000 acres in Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. Five-day archery hunts for white-tailed deer and wild hogs take place Nov. 9-13 in the Panacea Unit and Nov. 2-6 in the Wakulla Unit. There are 200 available permits for each hunt at $15 each. Read more
Just like in an episode of “Rin Tin Tin ,” this hero dog led police to the scene of a fire and helped save his family. Buddy, a German shepherd, was with his owner, Ben Heinrichs, when his family’s workshop caught fire. Once he and Buddy were safely outside, Heinrichs turned to the dog and said, “We need to get help.” He didn’t expect Buddy to actually do anything about it, of course. However, help is exactly what the shy dog brought — in the form of an Alaska State Trooper, reports the Anchorage Daily News. The dog’s heroic act was caught on the trooper’s dashboard camera. Read more
Mini-survival kits are small kits that contain a few basic survival tools. These kits often include a small compass, fire starter of some sort , a fishing hook and fishing line, an Exacto knife blade, and a safety pin. Pre-packaged survival kits may also include instructions in survival techniques, including fire-starting or first aid methods. In addition, parachute cord can be wrapped around the container if you wish. The parachute cord can be used for setting up an emergency shelter or snaring small animals. However if you live in the city medication may be what you need to survive. A mini-kit is for those things you personally will need in an emergency. Read more
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