In the annals of southwestern mountain man and desert rat lore, few loom as large as Ben Lilly. The life and exploits of this mysterious and peculiar lion and bear hunter has captured the imagination of generations of readers.
First, Texas Governor claims he shot a coyote while out jogging, with a laser-sighted .380, no less. From the story: Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during February run in an undeveloped area near Austin. Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger pistol — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in the area. When one came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever, Perry charged. "Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," he said Tuesday.
Earlier this week Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the nation's first offshore windfarm.
From this story on Boston.com: In a groundbreaking decision that some say will usher in a new era of clean energy, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today he had approved the nation's first offshore wind farm, the controversial Cape Wind project off of Cape Cod. "This will be the first of many projects up and down the Atlantic coast," Salazar said at a joint State House news conference with Governor Deval Patrick. The decision comes after nine years of battles over the proposal. "America needs offshore wind power and with this project, Massachusetts will lead the nation," Patrick said.
Why did it take nine years to get approval? Because, some argue, it would spoil the summer home views of a lot of rich and powerful people.
From the story on MSNBC: A coalition of hunters and anglers says a protest of proposed federal oil and gas leases in a wildlife-rich part of north-central Colorado is an opportunity for the Obama administration to follow through on a pledge for greater scrutiny of leasing on public land. The groups have filed a protest with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over the plan to take bids on about 11,400 acres in its May 13 auction in Denver.
From the Anchorage Daily News: As waterfowl wing their way to northern nesting grounds by the thousands, key Alaska Native groups are fighting a new federal requirement that subsistence hunters must buy duck stamps….
Native members of a migratory bird panel, meeting in Anchorage last week, said the law is unfair.
Many Americans live in suburban housing developments that, by necessity, are built around stormwater run-off ponds. Developers generally build greenbelts and walking trails around these ponds and they become communal greenspaces where we take our kids fishing, jog, or train our dogs. But according to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, these neighborhood ponds are more like cesspools.
Efforts to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan will now be up to Congress, after the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear a Michigan lawsuit to close off canals that lead from the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes.
Scientists in Idaho have captured a rare giant earthworm that allegedly smells like a lilly. No, really. That's what it says...
From the story on NPR: The giant Palouse earthworm, a big white worm native to the Palouse prairie region of Idaho and Washington state, was said to be abundant in the late 19th century -- then seemed to disappear. Some people thought they never existed to begin with. But now, researchers are digging them up again...