Wayne K. Roustan writes in the S. Florida Sun Sentinel of the growing number of pet owners who acquire fraudulent service dog certificates, vests and ID numbers online so their canines may accompany them in public places, travel free on planes or live in restricted housing. And that’s not sitting well with legitimate service dog owners and trainers.
Police in Wichita, KS say an angler picking up fishing lures along the banks of the Arkansas River this weekend grabbed what he thought was a bait, but it turned out to be a pin attached to a military-grade hand grenade. The police bomb squad successfully retrieved the device, which could potentially have been used to catch a lot of fish—albeit illegally. AP reports.
New figures released last week—just one day after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to remove the species from the federal list of endangered species list in the Great Lakes region—indicate Wisconsin’s gray wolf population has grown to around 825 animals in more than 200 packs. Wisc. Ag Connection.
U.S. Forest Service authorities in Northeast Georgia report that black bear activity sparked by improper food storage by hikers has led to the closure of a section of the Appalachian Trail between Neels Gap and Jarrard Gap south of Blairsville to camping until further notice. Via AP.
The 18-year-old son of an Avon, MT rancher is recovering from injuries he received while using a snowmobile to keep four wolves away from the family’s calving pen. Lynn Price suffered a broken jaw and compressed spinal fracture when his machine hit a snow bank. Montana Standard.
On Thursday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed HB 1511, designating each June 28—the day in 2010 the US Supreme Court ruled on McDonald v. City of Chicago—as “Second Amendment Day” in the state. Muskogee Phoenix.
Thanks to the US Tax Payer April 16-24 is National Park Week, so there is free entry into 394 national parks. Lots of events too, in case you need an excuse to get out and run some more trails. The parks belong to the American people go out and see your real estate.
A 250-pound black bear was spotted in a tree at Exit 8 of the New Jersey Turnpike in Mercer County early this morning, prompting state troopers and wildlife personnel to rush to the scene in Heightstown in an attempt to sedate and remove the animal. They were soon joined by television helicopters from Philadelphia and elsewhere. The Inquirer.
A British angler believes his hat with furry ear flaps triggered a fox to instinctively attack him as he slept while night fishing at Steeple Langford Lake in Wiltshire recently. ”I probably moved my head and the fox thought I was a small creature and struck,” said Richard Langley. “I felt blood running down the side of my face and took a photograph of it so I could see the damage. I was pretty shocked when I saw the photo.” London Telegraph and Daily Mail.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation reports that a 53-year-old Round Top woman suffered non-life threatening injuries when she was knocked to the ground by a black bear while on her home’s driveway Wednesday. Authorities have placed a trap in the area and plan to euthanize the bear if captured. Catskill Daily Mail and AP.
Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said there was no alternative but to shoot a black bear that somehow became stranded on the Dulles Dam, precariously perched some 75 feet about the Columbia River. ”There was no way to remove the bear from that location without seriously injuring it or putting people in very grave danger,” said Scott Clemans, US Army Corps of Engineers spokesman. The Oregonian.
I only care about this story becuse they have beef jerky. How do you stand out in a tiny desert town that boasts the World’s Largest Thermometer? Easy. Open a UFO-themed beef jerky store. “The Gateway to Death Valley” — as blistering Baker, Calif., is known — is also where Argentina-born Luis Ramallo parked his now-famous Alien Fresh Jerky store several years. Ramallo, a deeply serious believer in extra-terrestrials, had first opened a jerky stand near infamous Area 51 (the Air Force base central to many UFO conspiracy theories), out along the Extraterrestrial Highway in Rachel, Nev. Read more
A family in Richmond, Va. received quite a surprise when a 3- to 4-foot boa constrictor slithered out of a recently purchased secondhand rocking chair while they watched television about 3:30 Wednesday morning. Police summoned to the home removed the snake and returned it to its owner. WTVR.
It’s a sign of the Aporklypse. A Chicago man has introduced a wearable, bacon-scented fragrance called “bacōn” that captures the essence of greasy Sunday-morning breakfasts. One-ounce bottles of bacōn, pronounced “bay-cone,” sell for $36 and can be ordered at the product’s website, fargginay.com. The unisex line comes in Gold and Classic, offering bold and subtle bacon scents, respectively.
The creator of the scent, John Leydon, soon hopes to have bacōn sold in fine department stores around the country.
“My ambition is to be in high-end retailers,” Leydon, 44, said in a phone interview with AOL News. “You’ll never walk into Spencer’s Gifts and see this product. It’s too classy.”
Leydon, 44, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” came up with the idea for bacōn over two decades ago when he was sitting alone in a Parisian cafe and overheard two Frenchmen discussing their love of bacon. A bacon lover himself, he injected himself into the conversation, and they asked him if he had ever heard of the legend of John Fargginay.
He hadn’t. Fargginay, they said, was an early 20th-century Parisian butcher who bottled a bacon-scented fragrance that reputedly triggered “pleasant memories,” becoming a coveted item among heads of state and movie stars.
Alas, the men added, the formula was lost in a fire on July 4, 1924. Though an Internet search reveals no information about a Parisian butcher named John Fargginay, Leydon appears untroubled by facts. Read more
The persistence of his dog, Webster, led a Ruskin, FL paleontologist to his most important discovery—pieces of a 500,000-year-old fossilized giant tortoise that reassembled measured 51 inches long, 42 inches wide and 21 inches high. “What he found was one of the most important giant tortoise fossil sites in the world, right here in Hillsborough County,” said Frank Garcia. “I decided to call the spot Webster’s Site.” Tampa Tribune.
A Florida man became an instant nominee for a Darwin Award after shooting a BB gun at a live 9mm cartridge in his Deltona backyard at a distance of about two feet in an effort to create a “party popper” sound effect, according to a police report. The exploding cartridge sent shrapnel into Victor Davila’s chest, he was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. Orlando Sentinel.
A Cincinnati police officer on bike patrol Friday evening was knocked from his bike and into a plate-glass window by an aggressive male Canada goose apparently protecting its nest. Lt. Michael Savard suffered a cut arm and required stitches. The area around the nest has since been posted with signs warning cyclists to stay away. Chillicothe Gazette.
“Investigators say they’ve never dealt with a naked man attacking a robot before.” So starts perhaps the most insane local news story we’ve ever heard. According to an ABC affiliate in Florida, a disgruntled man, sporting nothing more than his birthday suit and an AK-47, opened fire on a robot last week, after threatening to shoot himself and anyone who crossed the threshold of his home. The $65,000 SWAT bot was sent in to investigate, and captured every inch of the man on video before being pumped full of bullets. Deputies say the man eventually surrendered fully-clothed and was taken for a mental evaluation. No word yet on when or if the footage will be released in a Robo COPS: Disrobed and Dangerous Special Edition. For now, you can check out video at the source link below. By Christopher Trout