Two-headed trout were a major indicator that something was amiss in the creeks of southern Idaho, near—now this is surprising— a mining operation. The mining company conducted their own research, which the EPA found “comprehensive,” but scientists say “the company’s research wanting”...
It was the two-headed baby trout that got everyone’s attention.
Photographs of variously mutated brown trout were relegated to an appendix of a scientific study commissioned by the J. R. Simplot Company, whose mining operations have polluted nearby creeks in southern Idaho. The trout were the offspring of local fish caught in the wild that had been spawned in the laboratory. Some had two heads; others had facial, fin and egg deformities.
The embattled president of California's Fish and Game Commission pushed back at his critics Tuesday, telling them he did nothing wrong by killing a mountain lion on a big game hunt in Idaho. And he vowed not to resign."While I respect our Fish and Game rules and regulations, my 100 percent legal activity outside of California, or anyone else's for that matter, is none of your business," Dan Richards wrote in a letter to state lawmakers calling for his ouster. Richards also wrote that "contrary to so many erroneous reports," he didn't use a high-powered rifle and "we did dine on Mountain Lion for dinner" that night.
In recent days, 40 Democratic Assembly members and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom have sent letters asking Richards to resign. They've accused him of thumbing his nose at California voters who have banned mountain lion hunting twice at the ballot box, in 1990 and 1996.
Trains aren't generally what first come to mind when listing potential threats to hunters in the woods, but that's exactly what happened this week to a New York state hunter who was tragically struck and killed by a train while rabbit hunting with a group of friends.
A hunter was killed by a train Tuesday morning in the town of Portland. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office was called to East Forest Avenue at 9:20 a.m. after a train hit a person walking on the tracks. According to Sheriff Joseph Gerace, Giovanni Faso, 68, of 206 Heat St., Tonawanda, was hit by the train while hunting. The collision threw Faso almost 30 feet from the tracks. Gerace said five hunters from the Tonawanda area were rabbit hunting near the Norfolk and Southern train tracks at the time of the accident.
With the advent of small, sophisticated, easy to use, high-quality video cameras, hunters and anglers are increasingly using the medium to record their outdoor activities; everything from fishing trips and hunting trips to dog training sessions to simple walks in the woods.
And, of course, you want to share these experiences with others, so you post your videos to YouTube, right? But you better be careful with what you post, because that meadowlark or bobwhite quail singing in the background? Yeah, that might be "copyrighted material," at least according to some company called Rumblefish.
Rumblefish, a company notorious for sending copyright takedown notices to YouTube alleging copyright violations in videos' soundtracks, demanded removal of a video whose audio consists entirely of ambient birdsong recorded during a walk in the woods. When the video's creator objected, Rumblefish repeated its accusation, and Google added the notation "These content owners have reviewed your video and confirmed their claims to some or all of its content: Entity: rumblefish Content Type: Sound Recording."
Here's a bizarre, but perfectly legitimate (apparently) question: would you freeze-dry a beloved pet?
Yes, freeze dry. At Anthony Eddy's Wildlife Studio in Slater, Missouri, you can have your recently-deceased pet posed and then freeze-dried so you can not only keep Spot's memory in your heart, but his carcass at your feet. From this story on ksdk.com:
"Pet preservation has become a big part of our business," said owner Anthony Eddy. "People say they just can't stand to bury it or have it cremated. Once they find out that there are other ways to deal with a love one. This is an alternative and they choose it." Pet preservation is the use of specialized form taxidermy to preserve an animal's body to keep at home. The pets are posed, frozen forever in time. Pet owners are willing to spend thousands of dollars have a lifelike representation of their animal in their homes. "This is why it's so popular with pet owners," Eddy said. "It's the real muscle, the real skeleton, the brain is all still with the pet. We don't have to disturb this at all."
Former Tarzan movie actor Steve Sipek was released from jail this afternoon after authorities arrested him on misdemeanor charges related to the two tigers and one leopard he kept on his property.
While he was being processed at the jail, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators sedated and removed the cats from Sipek's property in the 3300 block of C Road. Sipek's USDA permit to keep the three large cats at a Loxahatchee facility that he maintains with Melanie Boynes has been revoked, said FWC spokesman Jorge Pino. Sipek now faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a Class 1 animal without a USDA permit and possession of a Class 1 animal as a pet. No one else was on the property.
An Upstate family and wildlife officials are warning hunters of a hog-bourne illness after a Laurens County man was hospitalized following a hog hunting trip. "Had we known this, we would have never -- he would have never gone hog hunting," said Renae Hensley, whose 23-year-old son, Josh, was in Greenville Memorial Hospital on Thursday with an undiagnosed illness.
"Yesterday his fever was around 104 all day. It spiked to 105 at one point," Hensley said. Hensley and her husband, Butch, said Josh started feeling ill on Sunday, after a hunting trip the day before, in which he and his friends killed a 360-pound hog using dogs and knives. Renae said she and her husband suspected that a disease called brucellosis may be the cause of Josh's condition after hearing about the disease from a friend.
No, that's not a still from the so-bad-it's-now-a-cult-classic 1977 film "Orca." Yes, the picture is real, and yes, it shows some dude hooked up to a killer whale. But you can be forgiven for doubting its veracity, because even the guys on the boat thought they were hallucinating.
From this story in the Waikato (NZ) Times: Fisherman Rob Page had never seen anything like it – an adult killer whale was "smoking" line off the reel so fast and for so long it was nearly too hot to touch. Mr Page, of Forest Lake, Hamilton, was on board the 8-metre C Crazy 2 on Saturday with three others trawling lures during a tuna and marlin fishing tournament off Gisborne.
Federal wildlife agents shot and killed 14 wolves from helicopters in Idaho’s remote Lolo Zone earlier this month. The three-day operation, aimed at reducing the number of wolves roaming the backcountry area where elk herds are struggling, was carried out in a partnership between the federal Wildlife Services agency and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Wildlife managers hope a sustained reduction in wolf numbers will allow the Lolo elk herd, which has been severely depressed since the mid 1990s, to rebound. “We’d like to see one of Idaho’s premier elk populations recover as much as possible,” said Jim Unsworth, deputy director of the department at Boise.
Oil extraction in Alberta's tar sands region has long been a contentious subject, with many decrying the industry's impact on the region's fragile environment. But the region's oil boom and subsequent influx of people is now apparently taking a toll on the region's bears, not through loss of habitat, but the proliferation of garbage.
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development says 145 black bears were killed by Fish and Wildlife conservation officers last year after being habituated to garbage in the oilsands region. The number of bears shot in the Fort McMurray district was nearly three times the count the previous year and the highest in recent history, said spokesman Darcy Whiteside. Nearly half — 68 bears — were shot in oilsands camps and facilities after being attracted to the camp by food, garbage or other attractants, Whiteside said Tuesday. Another 51 were shot on residential properties.