From this story in the Sacramento Bee: On a sunny stretch of the Bear River near Colfax, the cool water carries a nasty surprise for swimmers and fishermen. Look closely at the water flowing by. It carries clots of a feathery substance that looks like shredded toilet paper. Step into the gravelly shallows. Your feet will scream at you to get out of the sewage spill. But this isn't sewage. About 10 miles of the Bear River below Rollins Reservoir is infested with a strange algae called "didymo," short for its scientific name, Didymosphenia geminata. The algae's slang name describes the species better: "rock snot."
From this story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: It was not too long ago that Florida was desperate to save the black bear. The species lost so much habitat and became so heavily hunted in the 1950s the animals were almost never seen. Decades later, it looks like the state may have done too good a job. The black bear population has exploded, forcing the animals out of the wilderness and increasingly into contact with humans.
From this story in the LA Times: A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted a Colorado hunting outfitter for allegedly placing hundreds of pounds of salt near stands of trees in the White River National Forest to attract deer and elk for out-of-state clients. The Denver Post reports that outfitter Dennis Rodebaugh, 69, of Meeker, Colo., and guide Brian Kunz, 54, of Augusta, Wis., who worked as a guide for Rodebaugh, are charged with 10 felony counts of conspiracy and of violating the Lacey Act. Each of the 10 felony counts carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and, under the Lacey Act, vehicles and equipment used in the commission of the crimes are forfeited.
From this AP story: The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition by five environmental groups to ban lead in hunting ammunition, saying the issue is not within the agency's jurisdiction. The EPA said Friday it did not have the authority to enact the ban, aimed at protecting wildlife, under the Toxic Substances Control Act, as the groups had requested.
Good news, but the EPA announced is still considering a request in the same petition to ban the use of lead in fishing weights.
With dove season in many states is set to kick off on Wednesday, access is always an issue for suburban hunters, especially those who hunt in suburban areas. In an area like Dallas-Fort Worth, you'd think there wouldn't be any hunting opportunities, right? Not exactly...
From this story on NBC-DFW: Camo gear, check. Hunting dogs, check. Shotguns, check. Hunting the symbol of peace within the city limits of one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, check. One shouldn't expect "Hunt ... in the City" to become Frisco's new motto, but it easily could be as the city allows dove hunting within the city limits and just a couple hundred yards from residences.
The explosion in the popularity of trail cameras over the past decade or so has led to an entirely new genre of photography and Internet speculation. Mountain lions, wolves, Bigfoot, chupacabras, giant snakes, leprechauns, Jimmy Hoffa, if it inhabits the world of cryptozoology, it's been "captured" on a trail cam. You knew it was just a matter of time before someone caught a UFO on their Bushnell...
From this story on KTSM TV in Dallas, Texas: A motion-activated camera at a Fort Worth family's favorite hunting spot is capturing shots of mysterious objects. Lisa Brock-Piekarski's game camera is supposed to take pictures of the deer on her Archer City hunting lease, but the pictures show something she can't explain. "What I see looks almost like a Frisbee," she said. "You see a several lights going around, and they're all symmetrical and lit up, and it just looks like an object in the sky." Brock-Piekarski's is hesitant to call the string of lights in the sky UFOs, although she can't identify the flying objects.
For well over a half-century now, outdoorsmen and women have been slathering on DEET-based insect repellants to keep the skeeters at bay. We've (and scientists) always known that it works, but we've never really known why it works. But science never rests, and now researchers think they've discovered why mosquitoes dislike DEET so much: it makes us taste awful.
From this story on ScienceDaily.com: Fire up the citronella-scented tiki torches, and slather on the DEET: Everybody knows these simple precautions repel insects, notably mosquitoes, whose bites not only itch and irritate, but also transmit diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria and dengue. Now, Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered what it is in the bugs' molecular makeup that enables citronellal (the aromatic liquid used in lotions, sprays and candles) and DEET, to deter insects from landing and feeding on you. A better understanding of these molecular-behavioral links already is aiding the team's search for more effective repellents.
With all the sound and fury over wolves in the northern Rockies, many people don’t realize there's another wolf re-introduction controversy brewing along our southern border.
From this story on MSNBC: Ranching groups and two southern New Mexico counties have sued over a program that is reintroducing endangered Mexican gray wolves into the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, claiming its managers have made substantial changes that require a new environmental impact statement. "The bottom line is that the individual landowners and small rural communities that are located in places in close proximity to where the wolf release program is being operated are not getting an adequate voice into the process," said Daniel Bryant, a Ruidoso attorney who filed the lawsuit.