You know about zebra mussels and Asian carp. Now there’s another invasive species from southeast Asia and it’s spreading across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northwest. It’s the brown marmorated stink bug–different from the native green stink bugs–and without a natural predator it multiplies like crazy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gannett.
Online hunting forums and e-mail boxes across the Northwest are abuzz with a hunter’s trailcam image that shows eight mountain lions on a rock cliff near Moses Coulee in Central Washington. First thought by many to be an online hoax, a Fish and Wildlife Department biologist who investigated the photo confirmed it as ”a magnificent one-time observation; not unheard of, but it’s very rare.” Rich Landers in the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is concerned about pigs _ not the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas athletic programs, but feral hogs that can ruin crops and pastures.
Feral hogs have been spotted in the city’s 1,600-acre Lake Leatherwood Park, and parks officials want to get rid of them. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that, at a meeting last month, the parks commission discussed a proposal to eradicate the herd, using people mounted on mules to ferret out the feral hogs and drive them off the parkland — where they can’t legally be shot — onto private land where they can be killed by hunters participating in the hog sweep.
But the commission delayed action, deciding to ask state Game and Fish Commission officials for advice. Read more
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When 84-year-old captain Anthony Smith arrives in the Bahamas after successfully crossing the Atlantic in a 40-by-18-foot raft made out of plastic water pipes, he plans on announcing himself with a sense of humor.
“We’re going to put a giant ‘elderly crossing’ sign on the sail,” Smith told the Telegraph.
Smith took off for the planned 73-day crossing in January with a cane, a necessary accessory since he was run over by a van years earlier. He found his crew the old-fashioned way, by putting a classified ad in the Telegraph.
Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only.
The truth is that Smith is no joke. He was the first Briton to cross the Alps in a hot air balloon, explored the Amazon in a dugout canoe, was in the Royal Air Force, and worked as a science correspondent for the The Daily Telegraph.
Smith set sail to prove that the elderly still have a sense of wanderlust they can act on.
“Most people my age are happy with a trip to Sainsbury’s every Tuesday, or maybe helping out fixing the church hall roof,” he told the Telegraph in August. “What I want to show is that you don’t have to be satisfied with a trip to the supermarket. You can do other things.”
He also set sail to raise money for a non-profit close to his heart, WaterAid. The crew has been blogging since before their departure. Below are a few excerpts…
To be on a raft at sea is to be on a snooker table whose frame rests on a bouncy castle. The structure stays happily intact, but the actual angle at any moment is the castle’s choice. As for the poor balls, they go wherever gravity dispatches them, be they a desired pen, a pair of specs, a pan of food or the mere human in pursuit.
Unfortunately it is only the four of us who can grab a passing handhold. The pen, specs, food and whatever are only halted when some other thing gets in their way, whether mast, cabin, water barrel or circumferential netting.
The human balls change their colour according to circumstance. A black period definitely ensued when I realised a pernicious pharmacy had sold me a stack of hearing aid batteries all empty of energy. From now on, I will live more with my own thoughts than those expressed by others. Further blackness ensued when the toilet roll, neatly encased within several plastic bags, managed to acquire water donated by a passing wave. Read more
In what is being called a bold move against federal authority of gray wolves in Montana, Gov. Brian Schweitzer has called for entire packs to be killed in the Bitterroot Valley to protect the dwindling elk population there, and has directed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens not to investigate or cite anyone in the northern tier of the state who kills or harasses a wolf attacking their livestock. Helena I-R.
A 327-pound alligator gar caught by rod and reel angler Kenny Williams from Chotard Lake in Issaquena County, MS on Monday may be a new record for the species. The fish measured 8-feet, 5.25 inches with a 47.95-inch girth. According to the IGFA, the current all-tackle world record weighed 279 pounds was caught from the Rio Grande in Texas in 1951. WAPT-TV.
When Colleen Slattery and her boyfriend Beau Williams were awakened by a deer crashing through their bedroom window and leaping over their bed before heading into their walk-in closet, she called 911. ”There’s a deer in my closet,” she said. “What?” responded the dispatcher. The entire wild tale can be found in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
It’s official. The 9.6-pound, 24-inch blue tilapia landed by Stuart, FL angler Pam Henry in August 2010 has been certified as the new state and all-tackle world record, reports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ”I’ve been fishing my whole life, so it was always my mission to catch a record blue tilapia,” said Henry. “I had researched the minimum weight, so I knew what I was looking for. FWC press release.
A report issued this week by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources indicates gray wolves are becoming increasingly troublesome for farmers and dog owners, killing 47 calves, 16 adult cows, six sheep and six farmed deer in 2010, in addition to 34 pet dogs. The Duluth News-Tribune.
Researchers with the University of Notre Dame and The Nature Conservancy collected water from the Galien, St. Joseph and Paw Paw rivers last fall as part of a project to determine whether bighead or silver carp have reached Lake Michigan or its tributaries. In an announcement made last week, it was revealed that no DNA from the invasive species was detected during lab analysis. Via AP.
PHOENIX — An elderly Anthem man said he survived five days alone in the desert by eating dinner leftovers and straining diluted window washing fluid to stay hydrated. A helicopter spotted 84-year-old Henry Morello Saturday morning in the desert north of Phoenix.Morello, missing since Monday, was in fair condition when Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies helped him out of his SUV, which Morello said got stuck in the dirt after he missed his exit on Interstate 17.”He wound up at the Bloody Basin exit,” said James Sheehan, a close friend of Morello. “Morello said he went down about 17 miles of dirt road and then turned off the road and that is where the car got hung up.”For five nights Morello fought frigid temperatures, proving with age comes some creative wisdom.”He stayed near his vehicle and utilized some things from his vehicle to help him survive,” said Randy Folts, a friend. Morello told friends he used the mats from his car to cover up with at night.During the day, Morello found an inventive source of water.”He took a rock and opened the hood of his car and broke the windshield wiper fluid and was using that with a napkin to keep himself hydrated,” said Sheehan.His friends said they believe it was a miracle that Morello was found in such good condition, but they said his survival skills are “Just Hank being Hank.”"He is doing fantastic, and if you know Hank, he is a survivor. That is why he survived,” said Sheehan.Friends say Morello is recovering at a Valley hospital, but they expect he will be back with them soon.
President Teddy Roosevelt’s Fox “F” Grade shotgun, which fetched $862,500 at an October 2010 auction, is now part of the historic display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center located in Cody, Wyoming, on loan from Oklahoma City attorney and collector Jason Roselius. The firearm, touted as “The most valuable American shotgun,” is inscribed with the words: “Made Expressly for Hon. Theodore Roosevelt.” Billings Gazette.
An unapologetic and belligerent animal rights activist with “VEGAN” tattooed in large letters across his neck was sentenced in Denver federal court Friday to five years in prison for an arson fire that destroyed a Glendale store that sold sheepskin seat covers and blankets. At one point, speaking to the heavily guarded courtroom, Walter Edmund Bond, 34, said he hoped the owner of the store he torched in April 2010, would ”choke on everything you earned.” Welcome to prison, Walter baby. Choke on this. Denver Post.
A deer smashed through an Eagan, Minn. couple’s first-floor apartment window and landed in bed with them before skittering into the bathroom, where they secured the freaked-out ungulate until help arrived. The Eagan Police, Animal Control and the Minnesota DNR safely removed the deer and released it in a nearby wooded area. KARE-TV.
They are not park rangers they are a assassination squad. I am against poaching but I am against this type of activity more. The AP reports that Park rangers in South Africa have killed nine alleged rhinoceros poachers since the first of the year, twice as many as in all of 2010. Since Jan. 1, eight suspects have been killed in the South African national parks and a ninth in a province-run park, said Wanda Mkutshulwa, spokeswoman for South Africa National Parks.
The Utah Senate has approved a bill designating the 1911 handgun designed by state native John Moses Browning as the state gun, making the Utah the only state to recognize an official firearm. The measure returns to the House for the approval of amendments added by the Senate before heading to the governor. Salt Lake Tribune.
I have alot of experience with the .410. I own a couple used for woods walking and to shoot garden varmints, but the 12-ga. pump riot gun is the “go to” gun for things which go bump in the night. If you will only own ONE shotgun, get a 12-ga. pump. I recommend the “reduced recoil” law enforcement loads if females and youngsters will use the same gun. Their recoil compares to a standard 20-ga. load. Read more
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources investigators have uncovered a ring in which 12 young men between the ages of 16 and 19 held contests over two years to see how many wild animals they could kill. Randy Stark, DNR chief warden, said the killing involved beating raccoons to death and hitting deer with vehicles. Superior Telegram.
We’ve heard of beached whale and injured raptor rescues, but Tuesday’s intervention by a Delray Beach, Florida lifeguard and assorted beachgoers to return a land-bound, ink-spewing, 3-foot squid to the briny depths was a new one for The Outdoor Pressroom. ”He’ll probably get eaten by a shark,” lifeguard Conor Gorman admitted following the successful rescue. “But I’d rather have it die in the ocean where it’s supposed to.” Palm Beach Post.
Leave it to the government to make things worse. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s releases from Glen Canyon Dam designed to create sandbars to ensure the survival of the endangered Colorado River humpback chub have instead resulted in an eightfold increase in rainbow trout, which delight in eating the native chub. Now the federal agency is planning to electroshock and remove thousands of trout, and to improve its monitoring of future releases. Via AP.