Now, this is what we call a real Hoosier-style marijuana bust. Officers serving a warrant at a rural Pulaski County, Indiana residence Sunday discovered 450 pounds of dried marijuana and 600 marijuana plants, as well as a freezer containing 30 raccoon hides and carcasses. Authorities valued the pot at $3.6 million, while the estimated value of the coon hides was not revealed. No arrests have been made. Chicago Tribune
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Dropping a gut bomb was not good enough. A 22-year-old who pleaded guilty to using an oxygen tank, acetylene, fire extinguishers and several Molotov cocktails to blow up a U.S. Forest Service outhouse north of Gillette, Wyo. last summer was sentenced Friday in District Court to six months in jail. David Everett Smith also received five years of probation and was ordered to pay more than $25,000 in restitution. The Gillette News-Record
Authorities with the Colorado Division of Wildlife say a Cordillera homeowner was justified in shooting and killing an aggressive 70-pound black bear Saturday after it broke into his home twice. “If a homeowner is defending themselves and they feel threatened, they have every right to shoot and aggressive animal, bear or otherwise.” said DOW’s Randy Hampton. The Vail Daily
I am getting me one of these !Toy maker Hasbro last week unveiled its new Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS blaster, the first full-auto, soft-dart shooting Nerf gun in its Blaster series. Accessories include an attached bi-pod, 6-dart clip and hi-capacity 18-dart clip (“the highest clip capacity from NERF yet!”). Available September 9. (Batteries not included.) Wired.com
This really has noting to do with the outdoors unless they are hiding Bigfoot lol But I love these stories lol (July 19) — How close is the European Union to releasing its top secret UFO files to the rest of the world? Well, in a few months we may finally learn if the truth is out there. That is, of course, if such files exist, as one lawmaker insists they do. Last month, AOL News reported on how Mario Borghezio, leader of the ultra-conservative Italian Northern League party, has urged the 27-member EU governments to publicly release any information they might have on UFOs. “The EU member states, under the principle of transparency, have a duty to make public and available to all scientific data on UFOs which, today, are partially or wholly secret,” said Borghezio in an exclusive e-mail interview with AOL News.Carsten Koall, Getty ImagesMario Borghezio, a member of the European Parliament, speaks at the rally of the far-right Pro Koeln on Sept. 20, 2008, in Cologne, Germany. He talked with AOL News about his European Union UFO disclosure declaration. Read more
A Malta, Idaho man who claims he was not aware of the state’s annual possession limit on rattlesnakes was issued two Idaho Fish and Game misdemeanor citations for possession, transport or shipment of wildlife after he was found with 27 Western rattlers in his apartment at the Sunset Motel. Terry Brian Teeter, 38, said he originally had 32 snakes but gave a couple away and roasted two others. “They taste like chicken,” Teeter said. The Twin Falls Times-News
As temperatures exceed 100 degrees in The Mile-High City, some parks are being posted with signs warning residents not to use the rivers and creeks as a respite from the heat. Denver Environmental Health officials report some stretches of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek contain levels of arsenic, ammonia and fecal contaminants at levels exceeding safe health standards by up to 50 times. Denver Post
Cool water can be awfully tempting on a hot summer day, but a group of young men walked away with citations — and their lives — after frolicking in Chilnualna Creek in Yosemite National Park. One of the ten somehow managed to survive being washed over a somewhat small waterfall, but needed to be rescued by rangers after finding himself stranded on a rock in the middle of the creek, which is near Wawona along the park’s southern border. Read more
A wayward whitetail fawn trotted through the main entrance of the Grovetown (GA) Walmart on Thursday afternoon, spending about five minutes inside the crowded store before it was cornered and gently removed and then released into a nearby wooded area. “Customers were snapping pictures left and right,” said the store’s shift manager Beth Fatolitis. “It was crying for its momma. Just crying the whole time.” Augusta Chronicle
While on a diving expedition last December, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba accidently dropped his book bag containing $294 in cash, credit cards and personal identification into the sea. Eight months later, Harry Schwarz’s backpack and all the lost items were recovered by a Louisiana wildlife officer surveying Whiskey Island for possible oil-spill damage and injured birds—some 1,250 miles away. “I’m not saying the oil spill is a good thing, but if anything good came out of it, I got my money and bag back,” Schwarz said. WTOC.com
Paul and Eileen Walsh were outside their Milton, Mass. home with their daughter and a group of neighborhood kids one recent evening when an airborne seagull dropped its passenger—a 14-inch striped bass—hitting the garage roof and coming to rest in their hostas patch. “It was completely intact, it wasn’t stinky at all–no fish smell or anything. You would have thought you would have just pulled it out of the ocean,” Mr. Walsh said. The Boston Herald
A 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout caught in Lake Michigan near Racine, Wisc. Friday may be the new IGFA World Record, writes Paul Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
. Angler Roger Hellen’s trout was nearly 5 pounds heavier than the Wisconsin record and could nudge past the current world record 41-pound, 7.5-ounce brown trout caught last September in Michigan’s Manistee River.
After a tip led authorities to Dirk Willms, 44, a Seminole County resident bitten twice while capturing a 45-inch alligator last week, he was cited for illegal possession of the reptile, a second-degree misdemeanor. “The moral of this gator tale is if something isn’t bothering you, leave it alone,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Joy Hill. Orlando Sentinel
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department this week announced plans to re-establish the alligator gar to lowland rivers and streams in the western portion of the state, where the species has been absent since the 1970s. The angency’s ultimate goal is to develop a self-sustaining, natural population of gator gar that can provide the opportunity for a recreational sport fishery. KF&W
With the euthanizing of a chicken-eating black bear in Montana’s capital city last week, residents there who keep backyard fowl are being told they must take steps to prevent bruins from becoming urbanized. Things like a sturdy coop and keeping feed in bear-proof containers will help minimized bear casualties, according to state wildlife specialists. Missoulian
What did you do on your summer vacation? Well 12 year old Matt Moniz is trying the extraordinary. He and his father, Mike are tagging the highest points in all U.S. 50 States in 50 days. They just completed number 49, Granite Peak in Montana. Next up they leaving for Hawaii to tackle Mauna Kea. Read more
The 59-year-old Montana man who was hit by a falling log while hiking in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Sunday, July 11, was in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Tuesday. Gary Wiens was hiking with two other men on the Anderson and Watson Lakes trail when a log fell off a cliff about 250 feet above them, according to Ben Lehman, a backcountry ranger and medic working in the area for the U.S. Forest Service. Wiens told Lehman he had tried to take cover from the falling log but was still hit. The log broke into three pieces when it landed, Lehman said. Wiens suffered multiple broken ribs, several pelvic fractures and a collapsed lung. One of the men hiking with Wiens went for help and found Lehman, who had spent the day doing camp inspections on the trails. Lehman treated Wiens until a Navy helicopter transported him to Harborview. Lehman was unsure what caused the log to fall.
STRAFFORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire dog owner says her 51/2-pound dog probably survived being dragged off in the night by a coyote because of its hair. Andrea Doyon tells Foster’s Daily Democrat she watched in horror last week when a coyote came out of the woods near her Strafford home, grabbed her Pomeranian Teddy by the neck and then disappeared into the woods. She could hear Teddy howling. Doyon, her boyfriend and others searched for more than two hours, but couldn’t find the dog. But several hours later Teddy made it home with only minor scratches. It was the veterinarian who suggested Teddy’s big hair probably saved its life.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A man ejected from a pub in Australia broke into a zoo and climbed onto the back of a crocodile named Fatso, which bit him on the leg but then let him go. Police say they’re surprised the croc didn’t inflict worse damage. The 36-year-old man, who police said had just been thrown out of a pub for being drunk, told officials he scaled the barbed wire fence surrounding the Broome Crocodile Park in remote northwest Australia on Monday night because he wanted to give the 16-foot (5 meter) Fatso a pat. Read more
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