Speeding around a blind corner on a fire access road in Southern California’s Verdugo Mountains, the last thing cyclist John Keoshkarian expected was a close encounter with a black bear he described as larger than a trash dumpster. “Me and him were kind of startled,” said the North Hollywood resident. “I never thought I’d run into a bear in Burbank.” Valley Sun.
Here’s further proof that not everyone has what it takes to explore the outdoors. A family of four searching for a Christmas tree southwest of Denver Sunday were rescued after becoming lost and phoning 911. “I think the kids started getting nervous when my husband was saying to go one way, and I was saying to go another way,” Tracey Fleming told KDVR-TV. “They were like, “Are we lost?” We were like, “No, no. We”ll be OK.”
Even for the Outdoor Pressroom it was an unusual trifecta for Henry Arnibal of Morgan Hill, Calif., who was charged this week with possession of methamphetamine, owning 50 fighting roosters and a stash of cockfighting ankle spikes, and illegally killing a bobcat and eating it. Arnibal told authorities in Santa Clara County that he killed the bobcat after it ate five of his fighting cocks. San Jose Mercury News.
As Wisconsin hunters prepare for the opening of deer firearms season, the Department of Natural Resources is telling those in the west central and northern portions of the state to be on the lookout for a young male mountain lion that has been recorded by remote trail cameras three times in recent weeks. Cougars are protected in Wisconsin, and can only be shot in self defense or to prevent harm to another human. Wisconsin Ag Connection.
An apparent grizzly sow with two cubs attacked and bit two hunters on Saturday afternoon in the North Fork of Bear Creek in the Madison Mountains southeast of Ennis, Mont. A third hunter in the party who was uninjured in the attack hiked the nearest ranch to summon emergency responders. Montana Standard.
The annual mullet-toss competition (involving the fish variety, not the awful 1980s haircut) at the Mullet Smoke-Off fundraiser on Florida’s Terra Ceia Island has attracted animal rights grandstanders, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which condemned the practice of throwing dead fish into washtubs and wheelbarrows. “You’d think they’d have other, more important things to deal with,” opined one event organizer. St. Petersburg Times.
Suzan Merritt, 38, of Jackson, Pa. received lacerations to her head, neck and arms Thursday night after she discovered a black bear attacking her German shepherd in her backyard and attempted to intervene. “I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as an attack,” said Wildlife CO Tim Conway. “It was more of a defensive motion by the bear, and it involved a bear, dog and, unfortunately, the woman got in the middle of it.” Times Tribune and Morning Call.
A doctoral dissertation written by Lawrence Roberge to complete his Ph.D at Atlantic International University (AIU), warns that invasive species could potentially be used by rogue nations and terrorists as unique forms of biological weapons. “These types of weapons are inexpensive to produce and hard to detect immediately, so they can cause extensive damage before they can be controlled,” writes Roberge.
California Department of Fish and Game wardens who discovered a marijuana-growing operation on a Santa Clara County tributary of Llagas Creek were able to destroy an illegal diversion dam and clean up the pesticides, fertilizers and other toxic waste in time to save spawning season for the steelhead trout downstream. San Jose Mercury News.
A young whitetail buck made a surprise appearance at an Atlantia-area Taco Mac restaurant on Sunday, temporarily interrupting the patrons’ hot wings and NFL footbal game. The buck crashed through a front window, losing an antler in the process, before exiting through an open back door. Atlanta Journal Constitution.
A national debate sparked by the remarks of Canadian Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton, who two weeks ago suggested Canada should replace the beaver as its national symbol with what she called “Canada’s most majestic and splendid mammal—” the polar bear. Now the online debate rages on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere over which critter most embodies the Canadian spirit. National Post.
Officials at Jacksonville (Fl.) Zoo and Gardens say a male white-backed African Vulture escaped from the facility Thursday after a device intended to keep it grounded malfunctioned, allowing it to fly away. The public is asked to notify the zoo if they spot the bird named Hodari, which is described as dark-plumaged with a white back and ring of neck feathers, big wingspan and a bare head and neck. Florida Times-Union.
An 11-month investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources led to this week’s charges involving the illegal take of the potential new state record non-typical whitetail archery deer. In addition to Christopher Kiernan, two others—Garret Armstrong, VP of Sales and Marketing for bow manufacturer Elite Archery, and Larry Smith—were cited on charges related to unlawfully taking a total of 24 deer in Illinois and Canada over a 10-year period. IDNR.
Scientists tracking glaciers in the Rocky Mountain West say that over the past two cold and wet years, some snowfields and glaciers in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana have increased in size. However, researchers stress the new ice isn’t deep enough to offset the volumes that have melted in recent years. Via AP.
A Lake County (Fla.) high school was on alert for about 45 minutes Monday while school and wildlife officials waited for a black bear to come down from a tree. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill said the bruin never endangered anyone and was likely spooked by the morning activity. Orlando Sentinel.
In the past two weeks, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agents have captured nine grizzly bears in the northern part of the Flathead Valley and relocated them for a variety of reasons–including killing chickens, killing a sheep, getting into pig feed, feeding on fruit and an incidental capture while trapping for a black bear. Daily Inter-Lake.