The State Health Department has reported that a woman in northern Minnesota has died from a virus caused by the bite of a deer tick. The woman, who was in her 60s, was the first person in Minnesota to die from the Powassan virus, though another person was reportedly infected with the virus this year, according to health officials. Duluth News Tribune and MDH.
Despite the actions of passers-by, a 61-year-old woman was viciously attacked by a black bear that had been foraging in a nearby dumpster as she walked her dog in Pinetop, AZ late Tuesday night. Lana Hollingsworth remains in serious but stable condition in a Scottsdale hospital. Trackers using hounds later treed and killed a bear estimated between 200 and 300 pounds. AG&F, Arizona Republic and White Mtn Independent.
We don’t make ‘em up folks, we just link ‘em. The Galveston County Daily News reports that a Texas City grand jury will review a road rage case occurring Monday morning that involved one man allegedly armed with a pistol and another armed with—a bowl of oatmeal. According to a police report: ”Fearing for his safety, (the driver of the truck) tossed his bowl of oatmeal at (the man with the gun) to distract him and get away.”
Bowfishermen and fellow firefighters Robert Belk and Randy Rippy of Vicksburg, MS teamed up to take what could stand as the all-tackle record alligator gar Friday on the Yazoo River. The prehistoric-looking mammoth measured 7-feet, 2-inches and weighed 234 pounds. Outdoor writer Bobby Cleveland with the Jackson Clarion Ledger has the story.
A new study suggests that urbanite brains are more susceptible to stress, particularly social stress, than those of country dwellers. Psychiatrist Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg’s findings, published June 23 in Nature found city life seems to generate mental illness. Compared to their rural counterparts, city dwellers have higher levels of anxiety and mood disorders and double the schizophrenia rate. Wired.com and ScienceNOW.
I think he failed investigation 101. When the Mt. Pleasant law enforcement office for Texas Wildlife and Parks received a call about someone advertising baby deer for sale on the local radio station’s swap show, Titus County Game Warden Jerry Ash phoned the seller and posed as a potential buyer, hoping to initiate a sting operation. It turns out the seller was offering “baby gear.” Nice try, though, warden. Hat tip to Shannon Tompkins‘ Houston Chronicle blog.
National Geographic Television announced this week that Tennessee-based Barrett Firearms and its founder, Ronnie Barrett, along with son and daughter, Chris and Angela Barrett, will be showcased in a one-hour documentary on Monday, June 27th. SNIPERS, INC. covers Barrett’s 1982 creation of the 50-caliber rifle in his garage and how the business evolved into its current state-of-the-art firearms manufacturing business. Daily News Journal.
In a plea agreement in Springfield, IL US District Court yesterday, Jeff Foiles, 54, the once-celebrity professional waterfowler, guide, video producer and call-maker, admitted to multiple illegal acts in a 23-count indictment, including Lacey Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations. Prosecutors are seeking a 13-month prison sentence and $100,000 fine at the September sentencing. Foiles faces similar charges in Canada. State Journal-Register.
The 1929 .38 “Police Positive” Colt revolver belonging to the notorious Chicago gangster Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone (1899 –1947), brought $109,080 at auction yesterday at Christie’s of London. It was sold to an anonymous private collector. The price included a buyer’s premium. Daily Mail and nwi.com.
An angler fishing on the banks of Old Hickory Lake at Walton Ferry Boat Ramp in Hendersonville, TN Thursday evening reeled in what authorities believe was a rocket-propelled grenade. Hendersonville Police, the Metro Nashville Police Department’s Bomb Unit, FBI and ATF secured the area and detonated the device just before midnight. Tennessean.
Authorities with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say a 17-year-old who leapt from a 30-foot bridge over Crystal Cove at Hamilton Lake in northern Indiana Friday and landed in a passing boat may be paralyzed for life and the boat operator received three severed fingers. “It’s nothing to see 10 to 20 kids jumping off the bridge every weekend,” said Hamilton resident Nick Snicksteinke. Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette and NBC9.
The King County (Seattle, WA) Council, voted 5-4 Monday to require those swimming, floating or boating on rivers to wear a personal flotation device or face an $86 fine. An amendment exempts wading anglers. “This Council sometimes thinks it’s everybody’s mom,” said Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who voted no. Seattle PI. Hat tip to Underwater Times.
William Biscoe and his wife were awakened early Monday morning when a coyote chased their cat through a pet door and into their Battle Ground, WA home. Before the couple moved furniture around to successfully route the freaked-out canine out an open door, it left behind quite a mess. “(It was) scared peeless and poopless,” Biscoe said. KGW.com.
Everything was going fine for a Michigan man who was savoring an outdoor experience at Addison Oaks County Park with his pet 5-foot boa constrictor in a pop-up camper last week, until the snake decided to take a hike. Authorities with Oakland County Parks and Recreation have posted the 1,140-acre park with snake warning signs and cited the camper for violating park rules. The Oakland Press.
An Ocean County, NJ man and self-described animal lover remains hospitalized in serious condition after he was bitten by a timber rattlesnake he says he tried to help traverse a busy road. Nelson Drinkwater, 24, said he pinned the snake to the ground with a stick and was bitten when he tried to grab it behind the head. Press of Atlantic City.
Witnesses in East Missoula, Mont. say a bald eagle attempted to fly away with a partially eaten deer fawn, but apparently lost its grip while airborne and dropped the animal across an electric line, triggering a power outage in the area. A NorthWestern Energy crew responding to the incident removed the carcass and restored power in about 30 minutes. KRTV.
I had a biological father but my Granddad was my dad. What an extraordinary individual he was, a man of love, compassion and integrity; yet as tough as nails, who could work from before the sun came up and would not stop at times until long after it went down and never complain about anything. Read more
Remember when the city brought in the coyotes to kill rats. Seems like they are killing more than vermin. After two coyotes killed one of his dogs and injured another while his child played nearby, a man living in an affluent Chicago suburb has discovered a city ordinance prohibits him from building a fence around his property. Upon investigation, Derrick Czapla found the village of Inverness bans fencing between properties to promote “a more open and rural setting,” according to Village Administrator Curt Carver. Chicago Tribune.
If you live in the upper class community of Coral Gables, FL and own a Ram or F-150, you’d better park it in your garage overnight starting Aug. 8, or authorities will write you a ticket. A little-known zoning code prohibits pickups in driveways or on city streets from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to “preserve the city’s character.” The Miami Herald. Hat tip to the Westerner blog.
The official 2010 Recreational Boating Statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Coast Guard place fatalities at a record low of 672 for the year. Total reported accidents were 4,604 in 2010, down from 4,730 in 2009, while injuries totaled 3,153, down from 3,358. Property damage was estimated at $35 million. USCG.