A pair of red-shouldered hawks are keeping the residents of a Melbourne, FL gated community on their toes, after aggressively swooping down and attacking at least one homeowner. ”It stunned me for a minute. I turned around and there he was, sitting in the tree looking at me,” said Dudley Gordon. “I put my hand up to my head and it was covered with blood; it left five or six lacerations in my scalp.” Florida Today.
Some advice: If you’re carrying a loaded handgun without a license, you might not want to stop your car at 4:30 a.m. and urinate in view of a city surveillance camera. Oh, and you probably shouldn’t be legally drunk, either. Or holding marijuana. Allentown Morning Call.
Authorities shot and killed a mountain lion they cornered in a backyard after it wandered into a Redwood City neighborhood Tuesday morning. The big cat, weighing between 100 and 150 pounds, was spotted earlier on a busy street near Sequoia Hospital. The sighting prompted authorities to alert the residents of about 600 homes to evacuate or stay inside. A house-by-house search led them to the animal. SF Chronicle.
Coyotes, which have staged a resurgence around metropolitan Chicago in recent years, are regularly seen by residents of the North Side Budlong Woods neighborhood. According to an alert on Ald. Patrick O’Connor’s (40th Ward) website, witnesses report that local coyotes howl and mimic ambulance sirens from nearby Swedish Covenant Hospital. Sun Times.
A five-foot spotted eagle ray estimated to weigh as much as 300 pounds leapt from the water and slammed a Chicago-area woman to the deck of a sightseeing boat in the Florida Keys Friday. Jenny Hausch, 39, was sufficiently shaken and slimed by the incident, but otherwise uninjured. “The last thing I remember is taking pictures, and then this thing is on top of me and I’m trying to push it off,” Hausch said. Key West Citizen and CBS Miami.
Shiloh TV and Wildlife Energy are Sponsoring a Two Day Survival Course in the Phoenix Arizona Area. The class will be taught by The Trail Boss Steve Doran. The course will be held October 8th & 9th 2011. All participants will be released on the 9th in plenty of time to make their flights, ground transportation etc. We recommend you arrive in town on Friday October 7th, we will be holding a briefing that evening for those who are in town. Read more
The Montana Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of granting workers’ compensation to a man who admitted smoking marijuana before being mauled by a captive grizzly bear at Great Bear Adventures near West Glacier, MT in 2007. The court upheld a Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruling, which characterized Brock Hopkins’ actions as “mind-bogglingly stupid,” finding pot use was not a major contributing cause of his injuries. Daily Inter Lake.
Genetic tests on a tuft of fur found in an Oregon County, Missouri fence after a resident reported he saw a mountain lion become temporarily entangled there was positively identified as originating from a Puma concolor, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). It marked the sixth verified mountain lion sighting in Missouri since late November and the 16th in modern times.
Hey, a bit of good environmental news: Forests in Europe, North America, the Caucasus, and Central Asia have expanded steadily over the last two decades, increasing by more than 25 million hectares — an area slightly larger than the United Kingdom — since 1990, a UN report says. In Europe alone, forested areas increased by 17 million hectares from 1990 to 2010, with the volume of forests growing by more than 430 million cubic meters annually, according to the Global Forest Resource Assessment 2010. Read more
All 37 skiers marooned in the Yosemite backcountry near Glacier Point have made it out to safety, reported Cari Cobb at headquarters for Yosemite National Park. Read more
It is all fun and games until someone gets eaten on the 18th hole. Calling it a “National Geographic moment,” Ty Borman spotted three mountain lions—a female and two cubs—from his home located on the fifth hole of the Desert Mountain Golf Club Cochise Course in Scottsdale, AZ after a rain on Monday. No one was on the course at the time, and the cats stayed around for a few minutes, allowing Borman’s wife, Linda, to snap several photos. Arizona Republic.
Under a measure signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert yesterday, Utah’s concealed weapons permit system—widely popular among gun owners nationwide because it’s recognized by 33 states—has undergone significant changes. SB26 requires out-of-state gun owners who seek a Utah concealed-weapon permit to first obtain a permit from their home states, if one is available. SL Tribune.
A pair of U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees from the nearby Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge were called to the Kroger store in Portage, Ohio Tuesday night after a juvenile beaver was discovered beneath a pastry table. Tommy Reinhart and Kylie Biggert used a net and a sheet of plywood to shovel the flat-tail into a pet carrier, transporting it to a nearby marsh, where it was released. Freemont News-Messenger.
Authorities in southern Wisconsin report seven whitetail deer were apparently killed when lightning struck a farm field Sunday night. On Tuesday a Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy found six dead deer lying in a circle with another one a distance away near Salem, Wis., about 5 miles from the Illinois state line. Chicago Tribune.
No one believes me when I tell them about the squirrel conspiracy to take over the world. Here is just another story with more proof that these little mosters want to rule the world =] An apparent non-rabid gray squirrel has been terrorizing the residents of a Bennington, Vt., neighborhood, with at least three people claiming to be victims of unprovoked attacks from the renegade bushytail. Kevin McDonald said he was assaulted from above while shoveling snow. “All of a sudden I felt something on my back and shoulders, scratching,” he said. The Bennington Banner.
A measure allowing reciprocity for persons with concealed-carry handgun permits from 37 states with laws similar to Oregon’s carry laws passed the state House yesterday by a 40-17 margin and now heads to the Senate for consideration. On Thursday, the House passed HB 2787—exempting concealed-handgun permit applications from public disclosure—with similar bipartisan support, by a vote of 42-18. Eugene Register Guard.
Organizers of this past weekend’s Lone Star Fair & Expo Rattlesnake Roundup in Brownwood, TX said the event was one of the biggest and best in years, despite the fact that a woman photographing in the snakepit was bitten twice when a rattler crawled up her pant leg. The Brownwood Jaycees said between 1,400 and 1,500 rattlesnakes were purchased, averaging around $6 to $7 per pound. Abilene Reporter News.
With a stroke of Gov. Gary Herbert’s pen this week, Utah became the first state in the country to have an official state gun, John Moses Browning’s 1911 pistol. Utah native Browning’s famous gun now joins the elk as the state animal, the Bonneville cutthroat trout as the state fish, and the Dutch oven as the state cooking pot. Salt Lake Tribune.
SANDIA PARK, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is getting an early start on bear season. The department will have a bear awareness meeting in Sandia Park on March 25. Topics include relocating bears, public obligations under law and how homeowners can help preserve the bear population. Read more
TOWER, Minn. (AP) — This year’s particularly harsh winter has hit northern Minnesota’s deer population hard, and the survivors could even be in trouble if spring weather doesn’t kick in soon. Read more