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  • June 26, 2007

    Black Lab Drives Car Into the Drink

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    “There’s nothing weirder than looking at your car cruising down your driveway when you’re not in it and seeing your dog jump out and then watching your car go splash [into the Pend Oreille River],” Mark Ewing told The Spokesman-Review after his dog knocked his Chevy Impala out of gear. But he may be wrong about that.

    The article continues:
    For the Sagle man, things got even stranger once the tow truck driver showed up. Before the driver dove into the water to hook the car up to his tow truck, he asked Ewing to hold his dentures.

    Said Ewing, “My car’s in the drink, I’ve got dentures in my hand and this guy – Keith from Clyde’s Towing – goes swimming.”

  • June 26, 2007

    Striper Anglers Catch Young Buck

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    On Saturday, Chad Campbell and Bo Warren hit Chesapeake Bay to troll for stripers. One and a half miles offshore, in about 80 feet of water, they hauled in a . . . whitetail buck. Check out the story and slide show here.

  • June 25, 2007

    Discussion Topic: Want to Be a Game Warden?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    State agencies want you. The question is, do you want a dangerous job for little pay?

    From an Associated Press story in The Evening Sun:
    From California to Pennsylvania to Florida, states are struggling to recruit and train officers, and those already charged with enforcing wildlife laws are stretched thin. Though hard numbers are difficult to come by, officials say poaching of fish and game is rising, habitat and other projects are being delayed, and environmental enforcement is sometimes lacking. . . .

    The danger of the job and falling interest in outdoor activities may also be to blame for shortages, officials say. But mostly, it's the pay - often thousands less than traditional police officers make.

    Would you want a job as a game warden? In California the starting pay is $48K; would that be enough?

  • June 25, 2007

    Georgia Dad Kills 300-Pound Bear With Firewood

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Hardcore hunters might use a bow to kill a bear. Really hardcore guys go with a stick bow. Then there’s the ultra-hardcore Chris Everhart, who while camping in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest last week, used just the stick.

    From the Associated Press:
    The bear took the family's cooler and was heading back to the woods when the youngest son, 6-year-old Logan, hurled a shovel at it.

    The bear then dropped the cooler and started coming at the boy, said his father. Fearing what might happen next, Everhart, an ex-Marine, grabbed the closest thing he could find - a log from their stash of firewood.

    "(I) threw it at it and it happened to hit the bear in the head," Everhart said. "I thought it just knocked it out but it actually ended up killing the bear."

    Also check out the slide show at the link above.

  • June 25, 2007

    Surprise! New Jersey’s Bear Attacks Are Up

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    What could be more predictable.

    From the New Jersey Herald:
    Another bear, another injured dog, another trap set in someone's back yard.

    And it appears to be happening more this year with 10 attacks on animals — livestock, dog or rabbits — compared with just four incidents, none involving dogs, in the same period last year.

    Overall, the state Department of Environmental Protection has received substantially more bear complaints this year than last, including a more than 37 percent increase in what it terms "Category 1" calls. That category includes such cases as attacks on animals, entering or trying to get into a home, human attacks, tent or vehicle entry, aggressive bears and going after bee hives.

    Category 2 complaints, which include things like raiding a camp site, provoked dog attacks, garbage, nuisance and other property damage, are also up just over 32 percent.

  • June 21, 2007

    Discussion Topic: Should Cities Be Able To Ban Hunting?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From an Associated Press story in The Battle Creek Enquirer:

    The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the right of cities to ban the use of firearms and bows and arrows within their limits, even if it interferes with someone's ability to hunt.

    Michael Czymbor had argued that such bans passed by the city of Saginaw in 1999 unfairly kept him from hunting on a 56-acre parcel within the city boundaries where he had hunted in the past. He said the municipal ordinances were pre-empted by the state Department of Natural Resources' right to regulate hunting.

    But in a 4-3 ruling, the court disagreed.

    Tell us your reaction.

  • June 21, 2007

    Black Lab and One-Eyed Snake Make Remarkable Reunions

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    When a boating accident claimed the life of Molly’s owner, everyone assumed the black lab met the same fate—until she showed up near home in Millinocket, Maine, three weeks later, having trekked some 200 miles, according to this Bangor Daily News story.

    Meanwhile, down in Louisiana, Chief Deputy Terry Thompson caught a snake on the side of the road in response to a call and, looking into the reptiles eyes, realized, as this AP story puts it, “they’d been introduced.” The one-eyed boa constrictor was the pet of an acquaintance, who when reunited said he never thought he’d see his snake again.

  • June 21, 2007

    Minnesota Man Charged With Selling Seal Oosiks

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    A St. Paul man who co-signed an agreement to protect northern fur seals pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally selling seal oosiks, according to this Anchorage Daily News article. He faces up to one year in prison and a $20,000 fine, which must be fair. After all, it seem intuitive that no one should remove and sell anyone else’s oosik. Right?

  • June 20, 2007

    Mitt Romney: Villian or Varmint Hunter?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Heroes and Villians; From Field & Stream's July 2007 Issue
    By Thomas McIntyre

    Villian?
    In the tradition of presidential candidates who hunt with “.12-caliber shotguns,” Mitt Romney publicly referenced his varmint hunting experience and called himself a gun owner (he isn’t), NRA member (one year), and lifelong hunter (twice in 45 years). He meant to say that as a kid he’d hunted rodents, also known as pest control.

    -----

    Hero
    Gov. Mike Easley (D-N.C.), in a letter to state conservation advocates, urged opposition
    to Navy plans for a ­carrier-landing practice field near Alligator River and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuges (they propose using poison to keep their field bird-free). If it’s built, F-18s would roar over 100,000-plus wintering waterfowl.

    Hero
    Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) introduced legislation to create a new fisheries and stream-habitat restoration program in the Farm Bill, scheduled this year for reauthorization. The $60 million annual program would fund cost-sharing and incentives for landowners who voluntarily join restoration projects to benefit at-risk species from Midwest brookies to mountain cutthroats. Carp are on their own.

  • June 20, 2007

    Could You Kill A Bobcat With Your Bare Hands?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    When 62-year-old Dale Rippy of Wesley Chapel, Florida, heard the bobcat on his back porch emit a deep, loud growl, he knew he was in trouble. So he took matters into his own--powerful--hands.

    From the St. Petersburg Times:
    The bobcat lunged toward him, biting Rippy in the abdomen. Then the animal wrapped its body around Rippy's, sliding its sharp nails across Rippy's arms and legs, leaving bloody scratches.

    He knew he had to do something, anything, to stop the attack.

    So Rippy grabbed the animal by the neck . . . . He choked the bobcat for about a minute until it died.

    "He went limp, and I'm standing there holding him by his neck," he said. "I was bleeding everyplace."

    Check out the full story, with photos, at the link above and tell us your reaction. Could you strangle a bobcat with your bare hands?