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Yellowstone National Park officials issued tickets to a bus driver, tour guide and a member of a tour group who apparently encouraged about 30 people to wander off the restricted boardwalk to the very edge of the Old Faithful geyser moments before it erupted Wednesday. No one was hurt in the incident. Bozeman Chronicle.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed legislation that designates the Colt single action army revolver as the official state firearm, joining the ridge-nosed rattlesnake as state reptile, Apache trout as state fish, turquoise as state gem, and bola tie as state neckwear. Arizona Republic.
A lighthouse in the desert seems as out of place as a cactus in the middle of the ocean, right? Maybe, but that isn’t stopping the sun-scorched community of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. from having 20 of them — with plans to add at least 15 more. Read more
Killdeer, ND rancher John Dolezal was bottle-feeding a calf in his barn with his son Brent when they spotted a 118-pound sub-adult male mountain lion. The younger Dolezal retrieved a rifle from his pickup and shot the animal when he returned. Bismarck Tribune.
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, stopped selling hunting rifles, shotguns and ammunition at all but a third of its U.S. stores five years ago, citing diminishing sales. It is now restoring them to hundreds of locations, bringing the total to nearly half of its more than 3,600 U.S. locations, as part of a larger push to restore “heritage categories” of merchandise. WSJ.
Normally I post outdoor stories. Today I am not going to do that. I want to extend my prayers and ask you to join me to all those families who have been affected by the storms in the south. Having worked many disasters these storms cause more than a loss of life and property. They cause tremendous suffering. The children, sick, shut in’s and elderly suffer the most, please pray the emergency services get to those who need them most, quickly, and the rest get strength to carry on with the work ahead. Read more
A Kamloops, BC couple had just removed their three sleeping children from their minivan after arriving home late Easter Sunday night when a black bear entered the garage, crawled into the open van door, and began feasting on Easter candy. Ken Ward summoned the police, who fired a shotgun to scare the animal away long enough to close the garage door and secure the home. Kamloops Daily News.
A resident of Old Lyme, Conn. says he was attacked by a coyote that was ”intent on killing me” as he mowed his lawn Sunday. Seamus Plyer, 22, suffered cuts and scratches in the attack, which lasted more than one minute. Via AP.
Authorities in Tulsa, OK safely sedated and captured a 70-pound female mountain lion in a residential backyard Saturday and transported it to the city zoo, where it remains confined. It was not immediately known if the animal was wild or was an escaped pet. Tulsa World.
After a golfer reported the theft of a purse from her cart last week, the management of the Sandridge Golf Course in Vero Beach, FL suspected a thief was working the area, until another female golfer saw the suspect in the act. ”She had the opportunity to look back,” said Director of Golf, Bob Komarinetz. “She saw the racoon grab her purse, take it from the golf cart and carry it into the bushes.” Palm Beach Post.
A Palmetto, FL woman figures a 7-foot alligator crawled through her home’s doggie door after watching her pets go in and out for several days. Alexis Dunbar discovered the hissing reptile in her guest bathroom Saturday and kept it there until Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers arrived to remove it. ”I don’t like doggie doors anymore,” she said. “It’s scary.” Tampa Tribune.
Within three days Jesus’ followers went from heartbroken sadness to triumphant jubilation. The cross screamed, “The End,” making them feel hopeless and helpless. But the resurrection trumpeted, “The Beginning,” bringing confidence and courage. The cloud of doubt and despair that had shrouded them melted away and was replaced with unshakable faith. Read more
Humberto Fontova, one of our favorite sportsmen/writers going these days, (The Helldiver’s Rodeo & The Hellpig Hunt), offers an outstanding treatise for Earth Day at TownHall.com. “…just last year, hunters and fishermen, (not birdwatchers, not rock-climbers, not kayakers, not nature-hikers) ‘contributed’ $1.5 billion…to purchase and maintain places for greenie-weenies to frolic and nature-watch.”
After a relentless, two-week crime spree that resulted in damage to a deputy’s cruiser, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department reports it has successfully captured the bushy-tailed perpetrator, Scofflaw Squirrel. ”Even though she caused nearly $700.00 in damages to an OCSO vehicle, the squirrel has been pardoned and is set for release in better surroundings,” said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Myers. Twitter, Officer.com and Mail Online.
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Well, I’m the king of roadkill,” laughed Paul Opel, a music instructor at Green Mountain College in Vermont. ”I don’t hunt at all but I love wild food so I’m always really happy to get it.” Read more
As the Arizona State Legislature wound-up its 2011 general session early Wednesday morning, among the measures passed was SB 1610, which designates the Colt single-action army revolver the state’s official firearm. The bill now awaits Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature. Reuters reports.
You thought the Monty Python Killer Rabbit was a joke, but what you did not know is that a rabbit tried to kill a president. It was on this date in 1979 that President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a purported swimming “swamp rabbit” while fishing in Plains, GA. Months after the incident, White House Press Secretary Jody Powell mentioned it to an AP reporter—and the media frenzy began, including a front page Washington Post story headlined: “President Attacked by Rabbit.” Narsil.org, with a hat tip to NRAhuntersrights.org.
A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report indicates federal land restrictions prevent the Border Patrol from “achieving or maintaining operational control” along the US/Mexico border. Seventeen of 26 border stations reported “delays and restrictions in patrolling and monitoring portions of federal lands because of various land management laws,” including the Wilderness Act, ESA and National Historic Preservation Act. CNS News.