Authorities with Colorado Parks and Wildlife assisted by USDA Wildlife Services tracked and killed a black bear after it bit a teen as he slept inside a tent early Friday morning. The teen, who was taking part in the annual Colorado Bowhunters Jamboree in Summit County, was treated for deep lacerations to his leg. Summit County Voice.
A female jogger escaped serious injury Thursday when she was attacked by a black bear while running on a Colville National Forest trail northeast of Colville, Wash. The 36-year-old woman reportedly dropped to the ground into a protective position as the bear batted her. She was treated and released at a nearby hospital. Spokesman-Review.
Andy Groseta, incoming Arizona Cattle Growers Association president, points to environmental activism and specifically lawsuits designating critical habitat in the Southwest as being primarily responsible for catastrophic wildfire in the region this year. “When you do not thin your trees, do not harvest trees, do not harvest grass, you have tremendous fuel loads that build,” he said. “It’s time for the cows and the chainsaws.” Arizona Republic.
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A California man who used Craigslist to sell taxidermy mounts of threatened or endangered species—including a Siberian tiger and bald eagle—has been sentenced to six months in prison, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. Authorities say James Dickson of Pacifica sold a wide range of mounts, including a cheetah rug and a grizzly bear. It was not clear where Dickson acquired the mounts. San Mateo County Times.
One of our favorite animal rights extremists, Walter “Lone Wolf” Bond, 35, pleaded guilty last week to federal felony charges of arson and violence involving animal enterprise for torching a Salt Lake City leather retailer and a Utah restaurant that served foie gras. An avowed member of the Animal Liberation Front—with the word “VEGAN” tattooed on the front of his neck—ol’ Wolfie could be doing his howling from inside a prison cell for the next 20 years after his sentencing in September. Deseret News and the Examiner.
A new report appearing in the latest issue of the Society of American Foresters’ Journal of Forestry reveals that the U.S. Forest Service paid $6.1 million in legal fees to groups including the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund for lawsuits it lost in the past six years under terms of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). Legislation (HR 1996) to amend the EAJA and limit suit reimbursements has been introduced in Congress. NY Times.
Witnesses say a black bear broke a screen and entered an open window at Wendy Radimer’s home in Kinnelon, NJ Monday afternoon. While inside, it devoured a bowl of fruit and broke a lamp before leaving with the kitchen garbage can in its jaws. “People should know there’s a big mommy bear walking around and she’s not afraid to push in a screen,” said Radimer. NorthJersey.com.
A CNN news crew taping a segment about bear safety in Yellowstone National Park last week inadvertently witnessed a woman running into a lake while fleeing a bear. Authorities said the woman, who was helped by kayakers. Two days earlier, a hiker was attacked and killed by a grizzly bear in the park. Reuters.
When a maintenance worker at a Ferndale, MT ranch rounded the corner of a building and came face-to-face with a small black bear Friday he reacted quickly, smacking the bruin over the head with a shovel he was carrying. “He reacted instinctively in self-defense,” said John Fraley, Fish, Wildlife and Parks communication manager. “When you’re 6 feet from a bear, that’s close enough to feel threatened.” The bear skedattled. Daily Inter Lake.
A Panama City, FL man is recovering from minor injuries he received when a black bear estimated to weigh 300 pounds knocked him from the bicycle he was riding, then fled into a nearby wooded area. “As soon as I got hit I knew it was a bear so when I hit the ground I was ready to run,” said cyclkist John Hearn. “Then I looked and the bear was already running away.” NW Florida Daily News.
When wildlife encroaches urban neighborhoods, some well-intentioned animal lover invariably steps forward with the “we invaded their territory” argument. That’s fine, until his pet pussy cats become dinner for a family of bobcats in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. The offending felines were trapped and relocated by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. KRQE.
The premier catfish grabbling event in the country—The Okie Noodling Tournament (no worms, no wimps, no worries)—will be held tomorrow in Pauls Valley, OK. This year marks a change in venue, from Bob’s Pig Shop, where it all began in 1999, to the more spacious and shady Wacker Park. Weigh-in will take place at 7 p.m., with the much-anticipated crowning of the Okie Noodling Queen to follow. Daily Democrat.
Following this week’s confirmation by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists of a new pack of gray wolves about 90 miles from Seattle near the Teanaway River has raised concern among residents, who are questioning where the predators came from and how they were discovered. Dave Workman has the details.
Wildlife personnel and law enforcement authorities in Stark County, Ohio continue to field reports of mountain lion sightings in and around Canton, but thus far the existence of a big cat has not been confirmed. “We still have received no concrete evidence to even prove it exists. It’s a matter of weeding out what sightings are most legitimate,” said ODNR spokesperson Jamey Graham. Canton Repository.
A man hiking on a Yellowstone National Park back country trail was attacked and killed by a grizzly sow Wednesday and his wife escaped serious injury. The attack marked he first bear-caused human fatality in Yellowstone in 25 years but the third in the Yellowstone region in just more than a year. Billings Gazette.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released a photograph of rare ocelot recently taken by a hunter’s remote trail camera in the Huachuca Mountain, located in Southeastern Arizona. The agency reports it is comparing the image to another ocelot photo taken in February in the same mountain range to determine if it is the same cat. AGFD.
Officials with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife tranquilized and captured a problematic black bear yesterday in East Brunswick, marking the sixth time the male has been caught and moved in recent months. “Part of the situation with him is there’s no females around here. If there was a female down here, maybe he would settle down,” said agency spokesperson, Kim Tinnes. Star-Ledger.
Authorities in Colorado say more than three tons of equipment and debris from a marijuana growing operation have been discovered on public land near Rifle. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said bagged potting soil, pesticides, fertilizer, unknown liquids, venting and other materials were found on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property about six miles north of town. Grand Junction Sentinel.
Marion County (MO) Sheriff Jimmy Shinn reports that a deputy positively identified a mountain lion in the early morning hours last Thursday in West Quincy. “He spotlighted it and all, and it was definitely a mountain lion,” Shinn said. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s mountain lion task force is investigating the sighting. Quincy Herald-Whig.