Pennsylvania presently leads the country in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease, with an increase of 78 percent in the past decade—from 2,781 cases to 4,950 cases—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, 30,000 Americans were infected in 2009. Allentown Morning Call.
Many generations, have taken you for granted. Because of your sacrifice we were raised in a country of extraordinary prosperity and peace. The freedom you give us allowed all who live in this country great opportunity to attend schools the ability to pursue careers, to live where we choose, to embrace the religious faith and values we choose, to raise families and pursue our dreams. Read more
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Concerned about the threat of a catastrophic outbreak of a herpes virus among wild horse herds in the West, national animal advocates on Thursday called on the federal government to keep potentially infected domestic horses away from mustangs and burros on public lands. Read more
How do you know it’s been a record snowfall year? When the US Forest Service has to reopen an avalanche center for Memorial Day weekend. Snow is still packed over 13 feet deep in some parts of the Tetons, and the danger of avalanches is high – even in places that haven’t seen an avalanche in decades is high. Get your daily avalanche warnings online this weekend.
It’s happened again, this time in Florida, where convicted felon Darin Lee Waldo, 43, posted photos of his poaching exploits on Facebook and got the attention of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission‘s (FWC) Internet Crimes Unit. He now faces seven felony charges and six misdemeanor charges related to his illegal activities.
Despite operating accident-free for 75 years, the archery range facility at Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Park is dodging arrows from critics who say it poses a danger to hikers. Errol Flynn starred as Robin Hood there and it’s and the oldest field archery range in the country, but former city councilman Bill Crowfoot claims shooting bows is not an “innocuous use” for recreational land. Pasadena Star-News and KABC.
The Original Great Shirt Race, a historic event in which participants consume a pint of ale at each of Bampton UK’s village pubs, will go off without a bang this year for the first time. The practice of starting the race by shooting a 12-gauge shotgun was stopped by police in 2000. And the starter pistol used since then was confiscated by authorities who alleged it could be converted into a functioning weapon. Oxford Times.
Jesse Taylor of Hesperia, CA was investigating noises in his garage Tuesday morning from what he figured was a raccoon or small critter hiding in the clutter. That’s when he saw the large paw and the face of the mountain lion, less than three feet away. Can you say “pucker factor?” Authorities with California Fish and Game and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s successfully sedated and removed the animal. Victorville Daily Press.
A warden with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks successfully tranquilized and removed a black bear from outside the terminal at Great Falls Airport following reports that the young bruin had been going back and forth in front of the terminal doors, triggering the motion detectors to open the doors, though it did not enter the building. Great Falls Tribune.
Gary Murphy, 72, of Palm City, FL now known as Tarzan seeing his 27-pound West Highland terrier in the jaws of a 6-foot alligator jumped on it’s back. “I hit the back of that gator. It was like jumping on a pile of rocks. But when I did, I caught him right behind the head here, I hit him here and his mouth opened and Doogie took off and the gator turned around and went under the boat and out he went.” WPTV.
The folks in Fort Smith, NWT, Canada, a town of 2,400, are still talking about the big, ornery beaver that came moseying into town last week, picking fights with German shepherds and defiantly slapping its tail on the ground. ”All the beavers I’ve ever seen have been in water, so you only ever see pieces of them; like, you don’t get to see the whole beaver,” said Mike Keizer, who joined townspeople in the beaver watch. CBC and Daily Mail.
A shipment of some 8,000 rainbow trout used to stock several Western Maryland streams earlier this months was found to contain some fish with whirling disease, the Department of Natural Resources has reported. In a wicked twist of fate, on March 21 Maryland became the first state to enact a ban on felt-soled waders worn by anglers to help prevent the spread of aquatic diseases. Candus Thompson in the Baltimore Sun.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign a measure reversing the prohibition of roadkill pickup and use in the Land of Lincoln. Residents with a furbearers license may use fur-bearing mammals and deer may be claimed by residents not delinquent in child support payments. An article in Northwestern’s J-school publication, MedIll notes that “Roadkill takers should check the animal for visible signs of bacteria and bugs.” Good advice.
A mountain lion tracked by authorities through a Roseburg, OR neighborhood early Thrusday morning was struck by a police cruiser and later shot and killed by a USDA Wildlife Services agent. “This was just a couple blocks from Rose Elementary School, and we knew we had younger kids that would be walking to school in the morning,” said Police Sgt. Aaron Dunbar. “So, time was an issue, and we felt like we had to destroy the animal.” KCBY.
An unfortunate pet owner was walking her Labradoodle on an Aspen, Colo. trail Friday morning when a brazen coyote attacked the dog and dragged it to where other coyotes ate it. “She called me for help in finding the remains of her pet so that she could give it a proper burial,” said nuisance-animal agent Mac McDaniel. “She said…the first coyote came and hauled the dog off and then the other ones joined in on the feast.” Aspen Times.
Unseasonably dry conditions are being blamed for a spike in wildlife sightings in southwestern cities and towns this year, including Thursday’s appearance of an adult mountain lion in a Ruidoso, NM neighborhood. A New Mexico Game and Fish officer shot and killed the animal just blocks from the White Mountain Schools campus. El Paso Times.
I would pursue however i had to, and if the DOI or anyone else tried to stop me I would arrest them for obstruction. If I was the county sheriff I would be there every day enforcing every law possible . What a joke this is. Take a look at the photo of the environmental damage that the illegals cause as they come through. Talk about environmental damage, a police officer in pursuit can not hold a candle to the damage they inflict on an area. A Homeland Security and Interior Dept. agreement mandates U.S. Border Patrol agents pursue drug smugglers and illegal aliens on foot through 40 acres of Arizona’s Organ Pipe National Monument because of a pond containing federally protected desert pupfish. Agents may use horses, but only if the steed eats weed-free feed so its feces won’t impact the ecosystem. Audrey Hudson at Human Events, hat tip to Frank at the Westerner blog.
Omaha, NE angler Rodney Page didn’t have much luck fishing at Cunningham Lake Monday night, so when he found what appeared to be an incendiary device in a PVC pipe, he texted a fishing buddy: “there’s no fish biting, but I did manage to catch a bomb.” Page tossed the device in his cooler and drove home, later contacting the police, who properly disposed of it. Omaha World-Herald.
The State of California wastes more time and money an the stupidest bills. A bill passing the California Senate and now in the Assembly would require all BB and air guns sold in the state—even the iconic Daisy Red Rider—to be painted a bright yellow, pink, blue or orange. ”This is just another way bleeding-heart liberals are screwing up America,” said Dwight Chaddock of the Southern Tulare County Sportsman’s Assn. “A bright-colored gun doesn’t prepare kids for what a real gun will do.” Visalia Times-Delta.
Officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks report a Missoula man shot and killed a grizzly bear in self defense on May 15 on the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area near Seeley Lake. A female grizzly bear with two cubs surprised the man shortly after noon on the northwest portion of the WMA. The man fired two shots at the charging bear, one at eight yards and the fatal shot at five yards.