News Glacier Proposes Rewrite of Grizzly Rules

April 30, 2010 by  
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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.

Missing Sabine Couple Found Dead in Wrecked SUV

April 30, 2010 by  
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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.

Mosquitoes Attracted to Beer Drinkers

April 29, 2010 by  
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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.

Via Backcountry

Western dam builder, Floyd Dominy, 100

April 29, 2010 by  
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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

Florida bill bans personal ownership of large reptiles

April 29, 2010 by  
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ImagesA measure heading to the desk of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist prohibits the importation and personal ownership of Burmese pythons and six other species of large, nonnative reptiles. The bill, which would take effect in July, allows those now owning banned species to keep them. Meeting separately yesterday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to amend its rules regarding the ownership and sale of captive wildlife species. Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Judge to hear wolf-delisting arguments in June

April 28, 2010 by  
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The subject of wolves and wolf hunting in the Northern Rockies returns to federal court  June 15 as U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy will hear oral arguments in the lawsuit over removing wolves from Endangered Species Act protection. A coalition of groups opposing the hunting of wolves has charged the US Fish & Wildlife Service erred in delisting wolves in Montana and Idaho but not Wyoming, arguing the species should be managed as a regional population. The Missoulian.

Iowa governor says he’ll sign ‘shall issue’ CCW measure

April 28, 2010 by  
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Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said Monday he plans to sign into law this week a measure requiring county sheriffs to issue concealed-carry weapons permits to all applicants who meet application standards. “The people have spoken very loudly,” Gov Culver said. “It’s probably been running 10-to-one in e-mails and calls in favor of signing this bill.” Via AP.

Study finds 765 grizzlies in northern Rockies

April 28, 2010 by  
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ImagesA five-year long DNA-based study published today in the Journal of Wildlife Management found an estimated 765 grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, or about 2 1/2-times the number originally thought to inhabit the region. The Washington Post.

A 10-year-old girl who survived being stung by the deadly box jellyfish — may have rewritten medical history

April 27, 2010 by  
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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

Wyoming wind energy, wildlife guidelines approved

April 27, 2010 by  
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Despite complaints from private property owners, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has unanimously approved new wildlife protection guidelines for wind energy development in the state. The 70-page document—covering bats, birds, big game, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles—includes rules for collecting baseline data before siting turbines and monitoring wildlife during wind farm construction and operation. Via AP.

Illinois caves closed due to bat ailment

April 27, 2010 by  
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The Illinois DNR has announced the closure of all state-owned and managed caverns to the public in an attempt to curtail the spread of white-nosed bat syndrome, which is believed responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of the mammals across the northeastern US in the past three years. The Belleville News-Democrat.

Utah CCW no longer recognized by NM

April 27, 2010 by  
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According to a release from the Department of Public Safety, New Mexico will no longer recognize concealed carry licenses issued by the State of Utah for the purposes of reciprocity in New Mexico, on grounds that the Utah requirements do not meet the standards required in New Mexico statute.

Native Alaskans protest new duck stamp requirement

April 26, 2010 by  
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Representatives for Native Alaskans are not pleased with changes in federal regulations that now require subsistence hunters to purchase a $15 federal duck stamp (like all others who hunt migrating waterfowl), arguing the new law is unfair. The new law, being phased-in over a 3-year period, will permit non-compliant hunters to be cited beginning in 2010. Via AP.

Gators, birdies share New Orleans PGA spotlight

April 26, 2010 by  
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TPC Louisiana course officials removed a large alligator that was calling the 482-yard, par-4 fourth hole its home prior to this weekend’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans PGA event, though a second reptile remained elusive and aggressive after spectators along the 17th fed him throughout the second round. A trapper was called to snag the 3-legged 10-footer, nicknamed Tripod, but was unsuccessful. The Times-Picayune.

‘Herding’ Texas red-fish unfair—and illegal

April 26, 2010 by  
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Friend and associate Shannon Tompkins of the Houston Chronicle reports that the practice of “herding” or “rodeoing” redfish in Texas’ isolated bays and coastal backwaters with air-drives and other shallow-running watercraft is not only unethical, but also illegal. “Harrying fish with vessels is considered an artificial method of concentration that deprives other anglers of the opportunity for equitable enjoyment of the resource,” said TPWD law enforcement Major William Skeen.

Stunning Icelandic Volcano Images

April 25, 2010 by  
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“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

National Wildlife Refuges Offer Special Hunts

April 25, 2010 by  
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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

Hero Dog Honored for Leading Troopers to a Fire

April 25, 2010 by  
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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

Making a Mini-Survival Kit (With Video)

April 24, 2010 by  
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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

Server Issue

April 24, 2010 by  
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We had a problem with the server starting around 7 :00 PM Mountain Time. It was beyond our control, and we seem to be back up and running. But has been a bit sluggish at times but is improving. Thank you for your patience  and for those of you who sent emails and were concerned, we are still here.

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