When Juneau, AK resident saw a black bear attacking her dachshund named Fudge in her backyard Sunday evening and “carrying her like a salmon,” the 22-year-old reacted instinctively, socking the big bruin directly in its nose. “It was a stupid thing but I couldn’t help it,” she said. “I know you’re not supposed to do that but I didn’t want my dog to be killed.” Fudge suffered some bite and claw wounds, but is outherwise fine. Juneau Empire.
An 18-month-old boy who was pulled by family members from the claws of a mountain lion in Vancouver Island’s Pacific (BC) Rim National Park Monday night remains in serious condition at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. The toddler was walking in front of his parents when the cougar lunged from a forested area at the edge of the beach, Parks Canada confirmed. National Post.
Results of an autopsy performed on the body of a man found on a Yellowstone National Park trail last week conclude that John Wallace of Chassell, Michigan died as a result of traumatic injuries from a bear attack. It marked the second grizzly related fatality to occur in the park this year. Via AP.
Police say an Arizona man stole several baby albino boa constrictors at a pet store by stuffing them in his shorts. Read more
Police were baffled why small flags kept disappearing from the downtown Toledo Police Memorial Garden at the Civic Mall, at least until last week, when Lieutenants James Brown and Mark King saw a bushytailed bandit swipe a flag and a pink plastic flower. ”He definitely knew what he was doing,” said Lt. Brown. “This wasn’t his first time.” Toledo Blade.
What a waste of tax payer money. I am sure Gibson had the wood room bobby trapped or the pieces of suspect wood ready to flush. One agent coming in to do an inspection would not have worked. It had to be a raid. Agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted raids yesterday at Gibson Guitar offices and factories in Nashville and Memphis, apparently in connection with an investigation into the company’s alleged use of illegally imported endangered ebony woods, a violation of the Lacey Act. Tennessean.
Louisiana’s annual Second Amendment Tax Holiday, which features three days that guns, ammo and hunting gear sold in The Sportsman’s Paradise will be exempt from state and local taxes, will be held the weekend of Sept. 2-4. The measure authorizing the event was signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009. Southwest Daily News.
What a bunch of morons. Have you ever watched British Television? They have no problems airing all kinds of explicit violence. But the committee feels Olympic shooting is dangerous to their youth. Fearing a backlash from the country’s anti-gun lobby, London officials and organizers for the 2012 Olympic Games have announced a massive 125,000-ticket giveaway for schoolchildren will not include entry to any events that include firearms or shooting. “We decided it would not be appropriate. It’s the only sport children will not be able to go to as part of the Ticketshare scheme,” a spokesperson told the London Evening Standard.
Events being held at National Parks and other locations across the country this weekend are geared to celebrate International Bat Night (Aug. 27), which, despite its name, has nothing to do with a giveaway promotion at a Major League Baseball park. It’s all part of The Year of the Bat, designated by the United Nations and Bat Conservation International. A hat tip to the Wildlife Society blog.
Nebraska hunter and landowner Kirk Sharp has 16 trail cameras on his ranch north of Rocky Ford on the Niobrara River, and one of the units recently snapped the unmistakeable image of an adult mountain lion in hot pursuit of a whitetail deer. “I don’t how long the lion stalked the deer and I don’t know where the chase began or where it ended, but it went by my camera,” Sharp said Tuesday. “They were moving fast.” Omaha World-Herald.
The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, Maryland DNR and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have joined forces to study the feasibility of reintroducing Rocky Mountain elk into portions of western Maryland, primarily in Allegany and Garrett counties. Longtime outdoors scribe Mike Sawyers of the Cumberland Times-News has the details.
A large spotted eagle ray apparently momentarily hooked by Florida anglers Gerald Finley and Daniel Grauer on July 31 in Clearwater Pass became airborne and landed in the middle of their boat, thrashing around and generally making a mess of things. With the help of police officers and U.S. Customs agents, it took six men to lift the ray, which weighed several hundred pounds. St. Petersburg Times.
‘ UK angler John Goldfinch, 61, was fishing for mackerel with friends at Budleigh Salterton, Devon when he reeled in the biggest catch of his life, a wetsuit-wearing diver he hooked between the legs at a depth of 50 feet. The hook was carefully removed by the diver’s companion and girlfriend. ‘The funniest thing was his girlfriend…helped him remove my tackle from his tackle,” said angler John Goldfinch, 61. Daily Mail.
A hiker was camping at the Minnehaha Gulch campsite area above Crater Lake, Colorado this weekend when a bear ripped through his tent and bit him in the lower leg, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Apen Valley Hospital where he was expected to undergo surgery. Denver Post.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials suspect an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is responsible for dozens of deer deaths in northeastern Montana’s Milk River Valley and surrounding areas since the beginning of August. The disease, commonly known as blue tongue, is characterized by hemorrhaging, fever, foaming-at-mouth and an urge for infected deer to be near fresh water. Great Falls Tribune.
The Hatsuden-Nabe thermo-electric cookpot turns heat from boiling water into electricity that feeds via a USB port into digital devices such as smartphones, music players and global positioning systems. Read more
A Japanese man fed up with the daily grind threw his handful of belongings into a rickshaw and began ambling around the world. He’s made it through Asia , Europe and now he’s in Canada. He skipped the U.S. so he is not serious about walking around the whole world just parts of it. I’m sure he skipped us because it’s too humid in the here right now or he thought people in California would be flagging him down for a ride. His only complaint on the road has been the high price of beer in Canada. “In Europe, I drink every night. Some place you get beer for 60 cents.” via backcountry.
A box of assorted items purchased by Amber Thalhouser and Donald Forshey of Hollidaysburg, PA contained more than the couple bargained for, as a snake slithered out and bit Forshey on the ankle as the two drove home Wednesday. The two bailed from the car after the incident, and the snake was never found. Altoona Mirror.