Hiker shoots, kills grizzly as it Charges Female Companion

May 31, 2010 by  
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A backpacker shot and killed a grizzly bear Friday night in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, the first such incident within the park’s original borders in decades when the bear charged his female companion. Fairbanks News Miner

Fallen arch: Nevada sandstone formation collapses

May 31, 2010 by  
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54020944A prominent natural sandstone arch at the Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas in southern Nevada collapsed last week, evidently succumbing to gravity and nature. Rangers said it is unclear exactly when the arch fell, adding there was no evidence of vandalism. Via AP.

Cambodia’s ‘Jungle Woman’ Flees Back to Wild

May 30, 2010 by  
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(May 29) — A 29-year-old dubbed the “jungle woman” after emerging from the Cambodian wilderness three years ago naked and unable to speak has now fled back into the wild after struggling to adapt to society.  Rochom P’ngieng first disappeared while herding water buffalo in a remote area in the late 1980s when she was a little girl. In 2007, she emerged from the jungle naked and hunched over like a monkey, scavenging for food. She drew attention by trying to steal food from a village, and was subsequently identified and reunited with her family. Read more

Girl, 9, Struck by Lightning Survives Without a Scratch

May 30, 2010 by  
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May 29) — A young Colorado girl struck by lightning lived to tell about it — and without a scratch on her. “I was laying down, the lightning came through the window and shocked my foot,” 9-year-old Lexie Archuleta told a local CBS station. Lexi was in her bedroom watching television on Wednesday when the lightning hit her Commerce City, Colo., home, and shocked her, reported a NBC news affiliate. Lexie was barely able to speak after the incident. Read more

Walleye and Corrupt Legislators in Minnesota

May 30, 2010 by  
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A Minnesota congressman inserted language into a Fish and Wildlife bill that sought to improve walleye fishing on a lake where he owns a cabin. It gets better – the guy was also trying to get a cable TV show running, and he approached Arctic Cat as a sponsor of the show while he was working on legislation that could be of major benefit to the snowmobile makers. And then Arctic Cat then sold him a snowmobile at a discount. Hilarious stuff, the Minnesota legislature.  Hopefully he gets some nice walleye after losing the next election.

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Sherpas Find 5 Bodies While Cleaning Up Mt. Everest

May 30, 2010 by  
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A group of 20 Sherpas who are ethnic Tibetans living atop the Himalayas in eastern Nepal have found five bodies while scouring Mount Everest for rubbish. The head of the team told the AFP that the body of American Scott Fisher who perished in a 1996 mountain disaster was among the five discovered in the low-oxygen “death zone” above 8,meters. While Fisher’s remains were left untouched due to his family’s wishes those of two other mountaineers were retrieved with their families’ consent.
Since April the Sherpas have collected more than 2.5 tons of debris on Everest which had piled up during the 50-year history of mountain climbing.

Iowa morel hunter survives spine-crushing ordeal

May 29, 2010 by  
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A mushroom hunter from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who suffered multiple broken ribs and four shattered vertebra when a falling hickory tree pinned him to the ground says he’ll head to the woods in search of morels again, but not when the wind is blowing. “Lying under that tree, I had time to do some praying and soul searching,” said Denis Berns, 51. “I am going to go to church and do some other different things.” Cedar Rapids Gazette.

John W. Finn, 100, U.S. Medal of Honor recipient

May 28, 2010 by  
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FinnRetired Navy officer John W. Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Thursday at the Veterans Home of California in Chula Vista. At 100, Finn was the oldest surviving recipient of the nation’s highest medal for valor and the only one living among those who received the U.S. Medal of Honor for actions taken on Dec. 7, 1941. Never forget. San Diego Union-Tribune.

Health officials confirm mosquito with West Nile in AZ

May 28, 2010 by  
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PHOENIX (AP) – The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department said it has confirmed the first positive mosquito sample of West Nile virus. The discovery was made in Gilbert.West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Health officials say approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will feel flu-like symptoms occurring three to 15 days after the mosquito bite. A small percentage of people who are infected with West Nile will experience severe symptoms such as meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis or even death. Health officials urge the public to remove standing water in potted plants, tires, bird baths and other containers where water may collect and mosquitoes can breed.

GPS units leads another family astray

May 28, 2010 by  
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People keep getting stranded following directions from their GPS units to follow backcountry roads. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that Melissa Batz of Aumsville and her two kids were about 15 minutes from reaching their destination at a campground along the Rogue River last Friday when the unit in her car sent them on a detour. Read more

California siblings robbed at gunpoint in Garden of the Gods

May 28, 2010 by  
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A brother and sister from California were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon while hiking in Garden of the Gods park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state, Colorado Springs police said.  The robbers fled in a white van after taking a wallet, handbag and camera, according to police. The camera was later found by another hiker in the park. Joan Kunkler, 57, and Jim Kunkler, 56, of San Luis Obispo, were on a trail  near the main parking lot around 1 p.m. when two men came up behind them, Joan Kunkler said. After the men passed them, they turned around and pulled a gun, telling them to hand over their wallet and handbag. Read more

Army issues camo paint guidelines for rifles

May 27, 2010 by  
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Reacting to the increasing number of soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan who were applying camouflage paint to their M4 or M16 rifles, the Army has issued specific guidelines and patterns for troops to use that won’t interfere with performance of weapons or optics. “It just shows soldiers how you tape your weapon up before you go to spray it,” said said Col. Douglas A. Tamilio, project manager for Soldier Weapons. “We make sure we don’t reduce the reliability of our weapons system.” Army News Service.

Guest fined for letting python roam ‘pet friendly’ hotel

May 27, 2010 by  
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Images-2The 25-year-old guest who let his 5-year-old bull python loose in a hallway of the normally “pet friendly” Mason City, Iowa Holiday Inn was charged with a violation of the city’s animal control ordinance and fined $65. “The man was a guest at the hotel. The snake was not,” said hotel manager Brandy Smith Branstad. “We like to think of ourselves as pet friendly,” she said, “but when we say that, we really mean cats and dogs.” The Globe-Gazette.

Adrift in Gulf for 2 hours, ice chest saves Texas angler

May 27, 2010 by  
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A Texas fisherman thrown into the Gulf during a boating accident near Galveston Monday night was rescued about a half-mile offshore after clinging to an ice chest for two hours. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted Jorge Rene Romano, of Houston, and directed rescue personnel to his location. He was not wearing a PFD. “When the beach patrol got him, he had a death grip on the ice chest,” said Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis. “He wouldn’t let it go, and I don’t blame him. It was a miracle this guy lived.” Galveston County Daily News.

Georgia man, 82, killed by rattlesnake

May 27, 2010 by  
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Authorities in Enigma, GA report that an 82-year-old man died after being bitten several times by a rattlesnake that was inside a lawnmower he was repairing. Berrien County Sheriff Lt. Larry Tabor says he first thought Eddie Lee Dorminey died of a heart attack, but upon investigation he found a rattlesnake wrapped on the lawnmower pulley and then saw several puncture wounds on the man’s wrist. Atlanta Journal Constitution.

62-pound snapper trapped in Phoenix park lake

May 27, 2010 by  
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After a three-day management effort to remove invasive species from a Papago Park pond near the entrance of the Phoenix Zoo, biologists are still in disbelief at the capture of the largest turtle in the history of the program: a 62-pound alligator snapping turtle and native of the southeastern U.S. Arizona Game & Fish Dept. press release.

Caring for wounds in the field

May 26, 2010 by  
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The beautiful remote Canadian lake has provided a bountiful supply of fresh fish. You are cleaning the catch when a moment’s inattention allows the knife to slip and create a deep slash into your leg. The bleeding is stopped with pressure; but now what do you do? Where is that kit with the medical instruments? When did you last check them for sterility? Where is that book on emergency medicine and exactly how do you make those sutures? Read more

The Survival of Hugh Glass

May 26, 2010 by  
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The story of Hugh Glass ranks as one of the most remarkable stories of survival in American history. So much so, that Hugh Glass became a legend in his own time. Little is actually known about Glass. It was said that he was a former pirate who gave up his life at sea to travel to the West as a scout and fur trapper. Exactly when is unknown. He is believed to have been born in Philadelphia around 1783.  His story shows that no matter how desperate the situation is. You can still survive. Read more

Skier lost near Aspen makes his own way out

May 26, 2010 by  
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A skier who was the focus of repeated rescue efforts late yesterday was able to ski out of the backcountry near the ghost town of Ashcroft 14 miles southwest of Aspen about 6:25 a.m. today. The man arrived at the Lindley Hut, where personnel from Mountain Rescue Aspen had set up a staging area where rescue attempts were to begin today. Read more

Florida family battles relentless raccoon invasion

May 26, 2010 by  
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Troublesome urban raccoons are an increasingly common occurrence, but Lil and Bill Hobson are facing a regular ‘coon invasion, with more than 19 trapped on their small Viera, Fla. lot since December and five of the critters weighing more than 40 pounds. The Hobsons estimate raccoon-related property damages at $2,000—on top of $600 in trapping fees. Florida Today.

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