Despite some road rash and a broken antler after tumbling out of a livestock truck, a reindeer wearing a red and green bridle found in the middle of a busy northeast Ohio roadway on Sunday was no worse for the wear, after its rescue by Norton patrol officer Kevin Starling. “One minute I’m out on the highway writing traffic tickets, and the next minute I’m holding onto a reindeer for dear life,” said Starling. Akron Beacon Journal.
When Terry Nowakowski, 20, broke down the door of his Zephyrhills, Fla. home to confront his girlfriend during a heated argument, Chelsea Harrison grabbed the nearest thing she could find to defend herself—a mounted deer head. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report she ”began striking him in the face and body with the ends of the antlers until she lost her grip dropping it to the floor.” She was charged with domestic battery. St. Petersburg Times.
A cable TV technician was understandably a bit unnerved when he came face-to-face with a 550-pound black bear in the unfinished basement of a home in Hopatcong, New Jersey on Wednesday. Responding conservation officers shot the bruin with a tranquilizer, and it dashed from beneath the house and led them on a chase through the neighborhood, before it succumbed to the sedative. NJ Herald.
An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report issued Tuesday confirms at least two wolves chased down and killed special education teacher Candice Berner, 32, as she jogged on a road March 8, 2010 near the village of Chignik Lake. “This appears to have been an aggressive, predatory attack that was relatively short in duration,” the report concluded. Via AP.
Conservation officers tranquillized and removed a black bear beleived to be about 18 months old found riding atop a garbage truck in downtown Vancouver, BC on Monday afternoon. It is believed the bear hitched a ride from North Vancouver, where the truck was doing pick-ups earlier in the day, said conservation officer Alex Desjardins. “Initially I had a hard time believing it,” said Desjardins. “The dispatcher said, ‘It’s not April Fools.’” Vancouver Sun.
In a ruling with implications for online pundits and commentators, a federal judge in Oregon has ruled a Montana woman sued for defamation of character was not a journalist when she posted on her blog that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally during a bankruptcy case, and thus cannot claim protections afforded to mainstream reporters. U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez found last week that as a blogger, Crystal L. Cox, from Eureka, Mont. was not covered by state shield laws protecting journalists. AP.
Blackburn Elementary School in Ellenton, Fla. won’t receive a customary fine from the local fire department for a recent false alarm, after security camera footage revealed it wasn’t triggered by a trouble-making student, but by a bushy-tailed intruder. “It’s really hard to fine a squirrel, so he got a stern lecture and was released outside,” joked Todd Henson, director of maintenance and operations for Manatee County Schools. Fox Tampa Bay.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a radio-collared mountain lion was photographed by a property owner’s trail camera in northern Houghton County on Nov. 13. “This is the third time this animal has been captured on trail cameras in the Upper Peninsula,” said DNR cougar expert Adam Bump. “The Wisconsin DNR earlier verified two trail camera pictures of this cat as it passed through Wisconsin on its way to the UP.”