A 76-year-old Hickory, NC man is undergoing treatment for rabies after he was attacked by a fox while golfing with friends last week at the Granada Farms Country Club Golf Course in Granite Falls. Wielding their golf clubs as weapons, the man’s golfing companions pummeled the rabid animal to death and then called animal control. Hickory Daily Record.
A bear hunter mauled in a grizzly attack on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula Sunday was in critical condition Monday at a Seattle hospital. Wes Perkins, 54, the former Nome fire chief, was tracking the bear with friends on snow machines when the attack occurred. Anchorage Daily News and Craig Medred in the Alaska Dispatch.
A program paying anglers to catch trout from Lake Pend Oreille to aid the struggling kokanee population has led to a scam in the amount of $6,645. We kid you not! Christopher Pluntz, 44, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft after investigators discovered the 443 rainbow trout heads he turned in for $15 each were from a coastal variety fish. Coeur d’Alene Press.
Houston police have arrested four persons in connection with a raid in which undercover cops allegedly purchased illegal drugs, liquor and raccoon meat from a full-service car wash in North Houston. Now that’s what we call “Full Service!” Owner Michael Maxwell complained police raided his business without a warrant. AHN.
Exercising or working in hot weather puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your body temperature. To dissipate heat, more blood circulates through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which increases your heart rate. If the humidity is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn’t readily evaporate from your skin — which only pushes your body temperature higher. Read more
This is going to turn into a huge disaster both financially and I will assure you will adversely effect the health and well being of the deer population. A federally sanctioned immuno-contraception product has been approved for use on wild deer in Maryland, though the director of the state Wildlife and Heritage Service cautioned it is no magic bullet for use in deer control and costs up to $1,000 to apply. The Humane Society of the United States praised Maryland for becoming the first state to OK the use of Gonacon for deer. Mike Sawyers in the Cumberland Times-News.
As the alligator mating season reaches high gear across much of Florida, law enforcement personnel, often the first responders in cases of rogue reptiles, are often faced with situations requiring specialized training that they sorely lack. “When you get there and see an 8-foot gator that’s walking around. You know, it’s definitely a pucker factor,” said Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry McKinnon. St. Petersburg Times.
Cleanup personnel working at the home of Mary and Mike McIntosh in Chathan, Ont. after two deer crashed through the front window and tore through the rooms before escaping into the backyard described the scene as something out of a Hollywood horror flick. With an estimated $25,000 in damages, Debbie Tennant, supervisor of ServiceMaster of Chatham, said, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Chatham Daily News.
Take a look at the biggest shark ever caught over at National Geographic. The crew pulled in a 17.9ft male shark off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island. It actually happened a couple years ago, but they’re just releasing the photos now to promote one of their programs called Shark Men. It’s actually about men who hunt sharks for research and not about men who were turned into hybrid man/sharks for research. Via Backcountry
Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia begins today and runs until Sunday. The event’s organizers say it’s the largest hiking event in the world. There’s a massive influx of peace-loving hikers who don’t find a lot of time to shower while on the trail. It must be the worst weekend to work at the public library in Damascus every year. Via Backcountry
Democratic Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who has vetoed more than 60 bills coming out of the Republican-led state legislature this year, added another to his list Tuesday by blocking a measure allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons for personal protection without a permit. Via AP.
NPR put together an interesting story on the duo who found the world’s latest tallest tree. I don’t think they can tell if it’s also the oldest tree unless they drill out a core piece and count the rings, so let’s hope they don’t bother. So what space age triangulation laser technology do they use to determine the tree’s height? A tape measure. Someone actually climbs to the top and drops it down. The tallest tree for now is 379 feet tall, and its location in California is a secret, which is making it really hard for me to realize my dream of owning the world’s biggest toothpick. Via Backcounrtry
A Fairfield, MT rancher shot and killed a grizzly bear early Tuesday with one shot from his .308 cal. rifle after he found it and another grizzly killing sheep in a pen about 150 feet from his house. ”I was motivated,” said Rick Christy of the single- shot kill in the early dawn light. “The best shots are the ones you don’t think about. At times, the bears were within 10 feet of me.” Michael Bacock in the Great Falls Tribune.
LANGLEY, Ark. — Six Louisiana Boy Scouts stranded by high water in an Arkansas forest said after being reunited with their families yesterday that they never feared camping in an area where 20 people died in a flash flood last summer “I was worried that my parents would freak out,’’ said Ian Fuselier, 13. A National Guard helicopter plucked the boys and two scoutmasters from the Albert Pike Recreation Area at daybreak yesterday after the boys’ parents spent 36 hours awaiting their rescue.Allen Miller, the father of 13-year-old Stephen Miller, was confident of a happy ending.“I wasn’t worried, not with that group,’’ Miller said.
According to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a bicyclist received serious injuries after an alligator tried to bite one of his bike’s tires, causing him to lose control while riding on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail Sunday evening. The cyclist’s injuries were the result of the impact of the accident, and the alligator apparently fled the scene. Gainesville Sun.
Tuesday was a banner day for cougar activity in Western U.S. cities. In addition to confrontations in El Paso, TX, and Ft. Collins, CO., police in Kearny, Nebraska killed an adult male mountain lion after reports of it running through neighborhoods and backyards. “It could have sent me into labor,” said an excited witness, Ashley Hilton, who is expecting her first child in a few weeks. North Platte Telegraph. Read more
Yesterday a team of six Sherpas marched up Mount Everest stringing 1600 meters of rope along the way. They left from Camp 2 at 1am and were only supposed to go to the Balcony that day, but decided to set all the way to the summit since it was going smoothly. They hit the tip at 4pm to throw some high-fives and walk back down. They own the first six summits of the season, and now that the heavy lifting is done everyone who took two months off work and paid their $75k for the trip can make their own attempts. Good luck climbers! Via Backcountry
A measure allowing those licensed to carry concealed to legally pack handguns on Texas college and university campuses and buildings passed by a partisan 19-12 Senate vote yesterday after it was attached as an amendment to an education spending bill. The bill now heads to the House for final approval. Houston Chronicle.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s annual gun buyback program offering gift cards for all types of firearms—no questions asked—has competition this year from a pro-gun group that directs people to participating gunshops to sell selected guns for cash. In turn the guns are donated to women who will be trained in safety and personal protection. ”Rather than see perfectly good weapons destroyed, we will be out there offering to buy them,” said Bruce Boyer of Sons of Liberty L.A. Daily News.
A new fashion fad on both sides of the Atlantic that uses feathers for woven hair extensions is impacting an unlikely industry and pastime, because the most desirable avian plumage is the same preferred by those who tie trout and salmon flies. Depending on the source, the price of saddle hackles has more than doubled in recent months, and in some cases has risen tenfold. The Independent and Financial Times.