Idaho: Feds should pay for wolf-poaching enforcement

August 19, 2010 by  
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DownloadedFileFollowing the recent ruling renewing federal protection for wolves in Idaho and Montana, one of the affected state agencies believes it shouldn’t be burdened with costs associated with managing the predator or enforcing game laws protecting it unless it can generate revenue from hunting tag sales. “We definitely feel with the current state of the status of the wolves, the federal government has an obligation to pay,” said Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ed Mitchell. The (Twin Falls) Times-News.

Largest tract of US deeded land in 60 years is sold

August 19, 2010 by  
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1022After years on the market, the historic 290,100-acre Bell Ranch, located in northeastern New Mexico, was announced sold yesterday, presumably to cable billionaire and Liberty Media chairman, John Malone, for an undisclosed price. The property, believed to be the largest single tract of deeded land to sell in the US in the past 60 years, can carry 5,000 grazing animals, has excellent hunting for trophy mule deer and pronghorn antelope, and its own airstrip. Monte Burke’s blog and The Market Financial.

Wisconsin DNR confirms 4 cougars in 2 years

August 18, 2010 by  
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Mountain_lion_aggressiveDespite reports from Wisconsin’s Juneau County during the past several months of mountain lion sightings and attacks on livestock, the state Department of Natural Resources, while working with the Cougar Network, has failed to confirm the involvement of a cougar in the incidents. The DNR has, however, confirmed four individual lions in the state over the past two years, either through blood samples or other scientific methods. WDNR.

Elk restoration to move forward in Virginia

August 18, 2010 by  
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4407417The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries board on Tuesday directed staff to undertake a pilot program calling for stocking 75 elk in Buchanan County,  where officials and sportsmen hope to establish the state’s first permanent elk herd. The project’s goal of building a herd in the rugged, economically depressed county of no more than 400 elk is estimated to cost about $3 million over the next 12 years. Mark Taylor in the Roanoke Times.

Nugent pleads no contest to Calif. deer baiting charge

August 17, 2010 by  
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ImagesRocker, hunting advocate and NRA Board member Ted Nugent was fined $1,750 Friday in Yuba County (Calif.) Superior Court after pleading no contest to a charge of baiting deer while filming an episode of his hunting show “Spirit of the Wild.” Nugent and the film crew used a commercial deer attractant on the 2009 hunt, a practice considered to be baiting and prohibited in the state of California. The Marysville (Calif.) Appeal Democrat.

Shepherd’s nose leads Ohio man to massive buck

August 17, 2010 by  
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SweetyAs the winter snow melted in Ashtabula County, Ohio this March, Richard Ewing’s German shepherd named Sweety kept returning home with bones and other deer carcass parts. The dog eventually led Ewing to the remains of a massive, 29-point whitetail that will likely be the fifth largest recorded in The Buckeye State, scoring 263 B&C. The complete story and video of “The Sweety Buck” is presented by my good friend and longtime writer for the Willoughby News-Herald, Jeffery Frischkorn.

Wyo. G&F biologist, pilot hurt in plane crash

August 17, 2010 by  
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4c69a540229da.preview-300A Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist and a pilot aboard a morning flight to survey antelope populations were injured when their plane crashed near Douglas, authorities say. The names of the two men were not released and their condition not immediately known. Casper Star-Tribune.

Hoosier angler videos leaping Asian carp in Wabash

August 16, 2010 by  
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957217611_fEWWb-MAn Indiana angler on the Wabash River earlier this month witnessed hundreds of invasive Asian carp leaping out of the water, evidence that the non-native fish is expanding its domain in the Hoosier state. “They are all along the river right now,” said Brendan Kearns, who posted a video of his excursion online. Via AP.

UK anglers mourn passing of country’s biggest carp

August 16, 2010 by  
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Two-ToneThe record 60-pound mirror carp known to British anglers as “Two-Tone” and thought to be the county’s largest freshwater fish has been discovered dead, floating on the surface of Conningbrook Lake in Kent. Its heaviest recorded weight was 67 pounds, 14 ounces, when caught by Austin ‘Oz’ Holness in August 2008. Course anglers plan to hold a wake and champagne toast for the bottom-feeding behemoth next week. The London Evening Standard and Angling Times.

More coyote attacks

August 16, 2010 by  
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DownloadedFileOfficials in Parkland, Fla. say they are prepared to spend whatever it takes to rid the city of coyotes they believe are responsible for multiple attacks on livestock and pets in recent weeks. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson said the trapper with euthanize any coyotes trapped in the effort to protect residents. The Orlando Sentinel.

Plastic Jar Removed From Fla. Bear Cub’s Head

August 15, 2010 by  
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OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 14) – A black bear cub in Florida affectionately known as “jarhead” can finally enjoy a good meal. A clear plastic container was removed from the 6-month-old cub’s head after being stuck for at least 10 days. The cub poked its head into the jar when digging through trash in a neighborhood in central Florida. Read more

Rabid Vampire Bats Bite 500 in Peru

August 15, 2010 by  
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(Aug. 13) – Vampire bats infected with rabies have bitten more than 500 people in Peru, leading to the deaths of four children and prompting the country’s health ministry to dispatch an emergency team of bat hunters into the Amazon. Four children from the indigenous Awajun tribe, deep in the Amazon rainforest, have died from rabies after being bitten by the blood-sucking bats, the BBC reported. It’s unclear when the deaths occurred. The outbreak has hit the community of Urakusa, in northeast Peru near the border with Ecuador. Read more

Coyote Attacks on the Rise

August 14, 2010 by  
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INGONISH — Parks Canada is stepping up wildlife patrols and attempting to trap coyotes after a teenage girl was bitten twice on the scalp while camping outside in a sleeping bag. Despite news of the encounter, many people were camping at Broad Cove in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park on Tuesday, a day after the 16-year-old girl was bitten at a small, grassy campsite in the park near Ingonish. Read more

How to Select a Field Knife (With Video)

August 13, 2010 by  
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To pick a good field knife for you, you should have a pretty good understanding of knives. Meaning just because it looks cool does not mean it is going to work. The wow factor when it comes to knives is meaningless if it does not do the job you need it to do or if it breaks while you are doing it. Read more

Alaska Borough Mayor Kills Bear That Charged Him

August 13, 2010 by  
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of Denali Borough shot and killed a bear that charged him near the area landfill. A taxidermist found that the bear had already been shot once with a .22-caliber bullet. Denali Borough Mayor Dave Talerico says he feels “horrible” that he was forced to kill the 6-foot, 400-pound grizzly, but says the increasing number of bears poses a safety hazard. Grizzlies have been coming over the landfill fence since the spring, despite the city’s efforts to stop them. Talerico says on July 28, he came across three bears at the landfill. He chased one off by honking his car horn and fired a shot into the air to scare away the second bear, but the third bear charged him.

Tennessee angler has recorded 3 tons o’ bass

August 13, 2010 by  
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Bilde Christina, Tennessee angler Joey Monteleone, a self-acclaimed numbers guy, has kept meticulous records of every bass weighing more than five pounds he’s landed since since 1974. In total, those 1,048 largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass weighed 5,974 pounds. “I like numbers,” Monteleone said. “I just like keeping a record of things.” In The Tennessean.

Eagle strike halts Alaska takeoff

August 13, 2010 by  
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ImagesAn eagle was sucked into an Alaska Airlines jet engine as the aircraft was taking off from Sitka, Alaska this week, and the pilot was able to brake the plane before becoming airborne. “We were roaring down the runway and about the time they’d be picking the nose up, we hear a big kaboom,” said passenger Bill Shake, who was returning to Portland, Ore, from a fishing trip. Via AP.

For a Small Washington Town, Record Sockeye Run is a Boom

August 12, 2010 by  
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BREWSTER, Wash.(AP) — A record run of sockeye salmon surging up the Columbia River this summer has delighted folks in this apple-growing region just east of the Cascades. “We caught seven yesterday, five the day before,” said Kimberlee Ann Woods, of Ephrata, Wash., while waiting to launch her boat at Brewster in late July. More than 386,300 sockeye have been counted this summer at Bonneville Dam east of Portland. Since dam counts began in 1938, the previous record run was 335,300 sockeye in 1947, including a substantial harvest below Bonneville that year. Read more

Polar Bear Attack

August 12, 2010 by  
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Sebastian Plur Nilssen was attacked last week as he slept in a two-man tent with Ludvig Fjeld on the arctic archipelago of Svalbard. the pair were in the middle of their two-month-long bid to become the first team ever to paddle 1,250 miles around the island chain, which constitutes the northernmost part of Norway. Despite protecting their tent with a trip-wire hooked to a early warning flare, Mr Nilssen woke face-to-face with the biggest land predator on Earth. The 23-year-old was dragged screaming from the tent, with his head clamped in the animal’s jaws. Read more

Disneyland resumes selling wooden guns

August 12, 2010 by  
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ImagesToday’s Orange County Register reports that due to popular demand, Disneyland has started selling wooden toy guns again, about nine years after pulling them off store shelves. The Southern California theme park stopped selling the historic, 1800s-style guns in 2001 when California passed a law requiring all toy guns to be brightly colored to avoid being mistaken for real firearms. Hat tip to Maddened Fowl blog.

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