Craigslist postings lead to illegal reptile dealers

January 31, 2011 by  
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Images In the past few weeks, investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Internet Crime Unit have used the online commerce site Craigslist to locate person illegally trading in wildlife, including alligators and other reptiles. The Epoch Times.

Cops seek serial Bass Pro bow thief

January 30, 2011 by  
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879_306_54_bass_pro_thumb Indiana State Police are seeking information on a suspected serial thief they say has entered the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store in Clarksville, IN at least a dozen times in the past four months, ripped the tags off a hunting bow, and scampered outside to a waiting getaway vehicle. Presently, $6,000 in bows have been taken. Louisville C-J.

Cops capture massive python near Fla. apartments

January 29, 2011 by  
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B4S_snake012811a_160299c Police summoned to a wooded area near a Tarpon Springs, FL apartment complex yesterday struggled to subdue and capture a massive, 14 1/2-foot African rock python weighing an estimated 200 pounds. ”It took three full-grown officers to wrestle with it, to get it through the woods, and they had to take a break halfway through,” said Loren Mell, who discovered the reptile. St. Petersburg Times.

After 66 years, keepsake WWII rifle recovered by family

January 28, 2011 by  
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Bilde Among the souvenirs Marine Bill Bucklin acquired during his service in the Pacific Theatre was a Japanese Arisaka Type 99 rifle. Though he carved his name in the stock, the gun was lost while being transported back to his Erie, PA home after the war. An amazing stroke of luck reunited the late Mr. Bucklin’s family to the firearm last September, when it was located in a Washington, PA gun shop. The Erie Times-News.

Roof collapse blamed on pigeon poop

January 28, 2011 by  
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Images-1 Fire Department officials say the collapse of a Vacaville, Calif. gas station roof awning that nearly struck a woman as she filled her car’s gas tank was caused by the buildup of “several inches” of pigeon feces on the structure. ”It just went ‘boom’ and then it all came down,” said Chris Doss, who had just finished putting gas in her Mazda. Oakland Tribune.

Infected wild hogs found in 3 Texas counties

January 28, 2011 by  
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Images Researchers from Texas Tech say wild hogs in three Texas counties tested positive for Tularemia, a potentially dangerous disease, and that hunters should be cautious when butchering the animals. “Hunters should always wear protective gloves and eyewear when they are cleaning animals to prevent from getting a disease,” said Brad Dabbert, associate chairman of Tech’s Department of Natural Resources Management. The Daily Toreador.

Grizzly recovery spawning change in management goals

January 27, 2011 by  
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Images During last week’s Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee work session in Missoula, Mont., a consensus appeared to agree that a transition in bear management may be imminent. ”We need to rethink our grizzly messages for the Greater Yellowstone area,” said Steve Schmidt of the Idaho Fish and Game Department. “This population is recovered. We are now transitioning into management.  The Missoulian.

Bear entree at Packers’ hangout nixed by health dept.

January 25, 2011 by  
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Images-1 The plan to serve meat from a black bear killed by a Wisconsin hunter at a St. Paul, MN bar frequented by Green Bay Packers football fans during yesterday’s playoff game was nixed by the Minnesota Department of Health because the meat was unprocessed and uncertified. The decision didn’t affect Packers’ fans enthusiasm, however, as Chicago Bears fans find themselves dining on crow today. Nick Ferraro in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Missing Civil War revolver returning to VA museum

January 24, 2011 by  
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011811webrevolver_t607 A .36-cal. Spiller and Burr revolver apparently stolen from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. in 1975 was discovered with the possessions of a Tennessee man who died last month and will be returned to the museum, according to the FBI, which investigated the case. Knoxville News Sentinel.

‘Bear-proof’ trash bin certification faces scrutiny

January 23, 2011 by  
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Images A spokesman for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee says the group’s certification for bear-resistant trash bins and other containers may be overhauled due to the increase in demand for such products and the profit potential for manufacturers that produce them. The IGBC’s Gregg Losinski said companies stand to make thousands of dollars if they can sell bear-proof garbage cans and trash bins to large subdivisions. Via AP.

Chihuahua it’s what for dinner

January 22, 2011 by  
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33715143T Bug, a 2-pound Chihuahua puppy, is recovering from injuries it received this week when a hawk swooped down and grabbed it on a Fort Walton Beach, FL deck. When rushed by the dog’s owner, the hawk dropped its intended prey and flew off. “They’re large raptors and they eat little animals,” Stan Kirkland with Florida F&W told the NW Florida Daily News. “And a little Chihuahua or a little small dog looks like food to them.”

Cougar sighting confirmed in suburban St. Louis, MO

January 22, 2011 by  
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Mountain_lion_chesterfield_1-20-11 Officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation say the series of photos taken by a Chesterfield resident’s trail camera Jan. 12 depict a mountain lion, marking the first confirmed sighting of a cougar in St. Louis County since 1994. It was the third Missouri mountain lion sighting since November. Via AP and MDC.

Trail runners gaining ground as wildlife’s target

January 21, 2011 by  
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Images A Northern Rockies grizzly bear expert says long-distance joggers and wilderness trail runners are approaching photographers as the backcountry group most likely to be injured in a wild animal encounter. “…Some of these people are not aware of the dangers they put themselves in,” said Chris Servheen, USFWS grizzly bear recovery coordinator. “This long-term running, at dawn and dusk, at night with headlamps: These are the specific things we tell people not to do in bear habitat.” The Missoulian.

Don’t believe there’s a crazed anti-gun media bias?

January 21, 2011 by  
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Images If not, here’s a sampling of some article headlines from this week’s Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. “World’s Largest Gun Show Launches in Las Vegas Despite Arizona Shooting,” (ABC News),  ”In an Ocean of Firearms, Tucson Is Far Away,” (NY Times), and “Ariz. Shootings Spur Gun Sales In Vegas,” (KVVU-TV).

Crazy Like a Fox

January 20, 2011 by  
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I am not buying this one. A man in Belarus was leaning over a fox he’d shot, planning to put the animal of its misery when the fox fought back and shot him in the leg. The hunter was going to knock the fox in the head with the butt of his rifle, but the animal reached up and pawed the trigger, shooting the man. The man is recovering in a hospital, and the fox is still hunting humans. Via BackCountry

Really Old dog, 9,400-year-old mutt

January 19, 2011 by  
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nearly 10,000 years ago, man’s best friend provided protection and companionship – and an occasional meal. That’s what researchers are saying after finding a bone fragment from what they are calling the earliest confirmed domesticated dog in the Americas. Read more

Wisconsin deer is new state record

January 18, 2011 by  
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Mjs-deerrecord2 A whitetail killed in November by Wisconsin bowhunter Brian Inda of Wautoma is officially the state’s new archery record, measuring 187 5/8 inches, three-eighths of an inch more than a buck killed in Dunn County in 2006. Paul Smith in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dogs Still Beat Electronics when it comes to finding Bombs

January 17, 2011 by  
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The most sophisticated detectors the Pentagon came up with tend to
locate only 50 percent of IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq; when soldiers
are accompanied by bomb-sniffing dogs, this number goes up to 80
percent; the Pentagon now spends less money on IED detection and more
money on drones to find those planting IEDs, radio jammers to disrupt
the frequencies used to detonate the bombs, and lots of aerial sensors
to scan bomb-heavy areas Read more

Cross-eyed opossum

January 16, 2011 by  
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BERLIN (AP) — Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum, is the latest creature to rocket from Germany’s front pages to international recognition, capturing the world’s imagination with her bright, black eyes turned toward her pointed pink nose. Read more

Wolves kill 27 sheep on Montana ranches

January 15, 2011 by  
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Images Montana wildlife authorities say a pair of wolves were responsible for killing 27 sheep on two ranches near Ulm, about 11 miles southwest of Great Falls, in late December. Additionally, wolves have recently preyed on livestock in central Montana’s Fergus County, for what is believed to be the first time. Great Falls Tribune.

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