No Charges Forthcoming In Shooting of Grizzly

July 31, 2010 by  
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Denali National Park and Preserve officials have concluded that a man who shot and killed a grizzly bear in the park’s backcountry back in May did so in self-defense and will not be charged with any crime. The man and his female companion, both of North Pole, Alaska, told investigators that they were talking to each other while hiking up the Tattler Creek drainage when the bear charged them. The two were about 20-25 feet apart when the man heard a noise in the brush to his right, park officials said Wednesday Read more

The 5 environmental factors that affect accuracy (With Video)

July 30, 2010 by  
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The five (5) “environmental” factors that affect accuracy — Temperature, Humidity, Elevation / Barometric Pressure, Wind, and Light. Keep in mind when we are shooting to put food on the table or other reasons we are not shooting a match where we are trying to put all of the bullets through the same hole. Temperature affects our shooting in several different ways: Read more

Black bear enters NH house, takes stuffed bruin

July 30, 2010 by  
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ImagesWhile she was away on Tuesday, a black bear walked into an open door at Mary Beth Parkinson’s Laconia, New Hampshire home, ate two pears, some grapes, drank some water from a fishbowl and carried away a stuffed toy bear. Parkinson said the (live) bear evidently fled when she returned home and raised the automatic garage door. The toy bruin was discovered in the backyard, next to a box of Goldfish crackers. The Laconia Citizen, WMUR.

Mont. bear attack survivor: I played dead

July 30, 2010 by  
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A woman who was attacked by a bear in the middle of the night at a busy Cooke City, Mont.-area campground said she was bitten on her arm and leg before she instinctively played dead so the animal would leave her alone. Investigators say at least one bear rampaged through the campground near Yellowstone National Park, killing one man and injuring Deb Freele of Ontario and another man. Billings Gazette.

Maryland jet ski death linked to lightning strike

July 30, 2010 by  
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ImagesMaryland Natural Resources Police report that the 63-year-old Annapolis man killed on his jet ski during Sunday’s severe thunderstorm was electrocuted by a nearby lightning strike. Police said Warren Douglas Smith was riding about half mile south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge when the storm struck. Baltimore Sun.

1,098-pound mako could be Cali’s largest fish

July 30, 2010 by  
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55217208The 1,098-pound shortfin mako shark caught by Sean Carlsen Gizatullin during a tournament off the coast of Oxnard, Calif. this week could be the largest fish caught by an angler off the state’s coast, reports KTLA. “It went under the boat a few times, came out twice with its jaws open towards the boat,” Gizatullin said. “It didn’t lunge out or anything crazy like Jaws but it was still intense.”

Truckers, NRA file suit to block Calif. ammo shipping ban

July 30, 2010 by  
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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a joint lawsuit with The Calguns Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the Folsom Shooting Club and two individual truckers to challenge California’s ban on interstate shipment of handgun ammunition. The ban, which takes effect February 2011, will criminalize the delivery and transfer of handgun ammunition not done in face-to-face transactions. Heavy Duty Trucking.

Deputy kills armed pot grower in Calif. public land raid

July 29, 2010 by  
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ImagesAn armed  undocumented Hispanic man was shot and killed by a Mendocino County sheriff’s deputy early Tuesday morning in a raid on a remote and expansive Mendocino National Forest marijuana growing operation. Deputies and federal agents from the forest service and Bureau of Land Management reported the armed man raised a rifle toward them, and the deputy fired. The Willits News.

Montana bear attack leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

July 29, 2010 by  
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is reporting an early-morning bear attack at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Yellowstone National Park today left one person dead and two injured. “We don’t know if it was one bear, two bears, a black bear or grizzly bear,” said FWP’s Ron Aasheim. The campground has been closed and an investigation continues. Ravalli Republic.  

Bear sightings rise in S. Wisconsin

July 29, 2010 by  
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports that black bear sightings are becoming increasingly common in southern Wisconsin as bruins find areas previously marginal as habitat suitable for occupancy. “Bear distribution in Wisconsin has shifted further south and southwest, facilitated by the increase in the bear population and areas of suitable habitat available in southern Wisconsin,” said bear biologist Linda Olver. Wisc. Ag Connection.

Wolves confirmed in Cheboygan County Michigan.

July 28, 2010 by  
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Wildlife experts say there’s evidence wolves are breeding in the northern Lower Peninsula, a century after their extermination.  The U.S. Agriculture Department and Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment said Tuesday they trapped a wolf pup last week in Cheboygan County.  It happened as workers tried to trap and place a radio collar on a wolf. A wolf pack was confirmed in the area earlier this year.  State biologist Jennifer Kleitch says it’s the first evidence of wolf breeding in the Lower Peninsula since people exterminated the predators in the early 20th century.  State agency wildlife division chief Russ Mason says it shows wolves are recovering in their previous habitat and need to be managed. Via AP

Bear sightings rise in S. Wisconsin

July 28, 2010 by  
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports that black bear sightings are becoming increasingly common in southern Wisconsin as bruins find areas previously marginal as habitat suitable for occupancy. “Bear distribution in Wisconsin has shifted further south and southwest, facilitated by the increase in the bear population and areas of suitable habitat available in southern Wisconsin,” said bear biologist Linda Olver. Wisc. Ag Connection.

Leaping buck kicks biker into ditch

July 28, 2010 by  
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Images-2A motorcyclist was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries Sunday after a leaping buck deer kicked him off his bike as he rode on Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. “Apparently a buck bounded into the road and attempted to jump the motorcycle,” said a park spokesperson. “A hoof clipped the driver on the helmet and knocked him off the motorcycle into a ditch.” Daily Inter-Lake.

Jack Hanna uses pepper spray on Glacier NP grizzly

July 28, 2010 by  
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Images-1The Columbus (OH) Zoo’s Jack Hanna, one of TV’s most popular and recognized guests, experienced a real-life, potentially dangerous wildlife situation at Montana’s Glacier National Park Saturday, when a group he was hiking with encountered a sow grizzly and two cubs. One of the cubs charged the hikers, and Hanna sprayed it in the face with pepper spray, causing it to turn and flee. No one was hurt in the incident. The Columbus Dispatch.

Bad mood? High blood pressure? Head to the woods!

July 27, 2010 by  
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DownloadedFileA Finnish researcher says forests—and other natural outdoor settings—can reduce stress, improve moods, reduce anger and aggressiveness and increase overall happiness. Blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the level of “stress hormones” all decrease more quickly in the outdoors, reports Dr. Eeva Karjalainen of the Finnish Forest Research Institute in Metla. Science Daily.

Bear goes for joyride, totals Toyota

July 26, 2010 by  
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20100723__ssjm0724grandtheftbear~1_400.JPGA full-grown black bear attracted to the smell of a peanut butter & jelly sandwich entered Ralph Story’s unlocked 2008 Toyota Corolla in Larkspur, Colo. early Friday and knocked the gearshift into neutral, sending the vehicle 125 feet down a hill and into some trees. After about 45 minutes of incessant horn-honking, a neighbor discovered the bear inside the car at about 2:30 am. Deputies freed the bruin by using a long rope to safely open the car door, allowing the bad driver to run off without receiving a traffic citation. The Denver Post.

Dengue Fever Cases Reported in Parts of Florida

July 25, 2010 by  
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The disease, which is sometimes called “break-bone fever” for the crushing pain it inflicts, has shown up in some parts of the state, including tourist playground Key West. There also have been a handful of confirmed cases in Central Florida, Orlando NBC affiliate WESH reported this week. That’s enough to get health officials worried. Read more

Woman Provokes Bison Attack

July 24, 2010 by  
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The other day two hikers in the Biscuit Basin area of Yellowstone National Park were charged by a bison, and one was head-butted and flipped into the air. Initially, the park’s report sounded as if the bison attacked unprovoked. But this video shows differently.

This is how the park’s release explained the incident:

At about 8:30 p.m. on July 19, a 49-year-old woman and a 61-year-old male family member were exiting the Biscuit Basin thermal area to rejoin their family group in the parking lot, when a bison appeared in some nearby brush and charged them. The woman was struck and flipped in the air by the bison.She sustained injuries as a result of the bison’s impact and subsequent fall to the ground. As her male family member attempted to escape the bison’s charge, he tripped and fell, sustaining injuries to his shoulder, hand, and foot. He was not injured by the bison.

However, a reporter for CNN tracked down the woman who filmed the “attack,” and filed the following report. In the video it’s easy to see that the two approached way too close to the bison, which was minding it’s own business. And, if you look closely enough at the video, it appears someone threw a stick at the bison and hit it in the flanks.

With this information in hand, it’ll be curious to learn whether park officials decide to cite the two, and whether anyone can finger who threw the stick at the bison. Park regulations require you to stay at least 25 yards — 75 feet — from bison and elk, and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves. And, the park’s website notes, “Those who fail to abide by these requirements not only put themselves in danger, they may also be subject to a citation and fine.”

Fortunately for the couple, they weren’t killed or even seriously injured.

Rangers save 16 from Grand

July 23, 2010 by  
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Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued 16 climbers injured in a lightning storm on the 13,770-foot Grand Teton on Wednesday but had to call off the search for a 17th at dark. Read more

N. Ontario black bear in a pickle (jar)

July 22, 2010 by  
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BearAn immature black bear with its head stuck inside a large plastic pickle jar has eluded the efforts of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources officers as they attempt to successfully locate the mammal, sedate it and remove the obstruction so it can resume eating and drinking. On Tuesday, the bruin wandered on to a deck in Amethyst Harbour, east of Thunder Bay, where the homeowner took its photo. The Canadian Press.

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