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  • September 30, 2013

    Deformed Wolf That Bit Minnesota Teen Had Brain Damage

    By Ben Romans

    Test results confirm a grey wolf that bit 16-year old's Noah Graham's head while he was sleeping at a Northern Minnesota campground last August had severe deformities and brain damage, which were likely the reasons for the unusual attack.

    An article from the Star Tribune says a necropsy from the University of Minnesota showed the wolf was approximately 1 ½ years old, had a severe facial deformity, dental abnormalities, and brain damage caused by some type of infection. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources specialists said its condition likely made it less wary of humans, and since its stomach contents contained only fish spines and scales, it was likely in the campground searching for food. 

  • July 11, 2013

    Survivorman Les Stroud: A Comic Book Hero?

    By Ben Romans

    For several years, outdoor survival expert Les Stroud has been a one-man camera crew who filmed his multi-day jaunts into remote areas of the world. I’ve tuned in from time to time. The episodes are occasionally entertaining, and I often learn a thing or two.
    But would I go so far as to say Stroud’s skills make him a real-life superhero? Certainly not. However, the folks at Bluewater Productions disagree. So much so they’re willing to pit Stroud’s MacGyver-esque skills against wrongdoers in a new comic book series.
    In a press release, Bluewater said the first edition will follow Stroud in pursuit of an artifact and in the chase, he gets lost at sea, roughs it through the English countryside, and "shows an endless supply of rugged determination in his quest."

  • May 20, 2013

    Woman Clubs Bear with Shotgun, Saves Husband

    By CJ Lotz

    A Wisconsin man, realizing a 200-pound bear was about to attack his dog, ran outside and tried to scare the bear off, but the bear tackled him and sunk its teeth into his neck. When the man’s wife realized what was happening outside, she grabbed a shotgun, but didn’t know how to load it, so she ran outside and clubbed the bear over the head. Stunned, the bear fell away from the man long enough for the couple to run inside the cabin. Officials arrived shortly after and shot the bear.

  • August 2, 2012

    Swimmer Bitten by Great White Shark off Massachusetts Coast

    By Chad Love

    Yesterday, Joe Cermele asked if everyone was getting pumped for the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week. Many of you are. Apparently, so are the sharks....

    From this story on
    State marine biologists believe a great white shark was the likely predator that bit a man Monday as he swam in deep water at Ballston Beach. The man, identified as Christopher Myers, had severe cuts to his lower legs. He was being treated Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a hospital spokesman said. The last confirmed injury in Massachusetts by a great white shark occurred in 1936, state officials said. 

  • May 29, 2012

    Mountain Lions Kill 2 Radio-Collared Wolves in Montana

    By Chad Love

    You know that "Animal Face-Off" Animal Planet show where scientists, engineers and animal experts use sophisticated forensic science to determine the winner of epic but purely hypothetical battles between various large and toothsome megafauna?

    Bear versus tiger, croc versus hippo and that kind of stuff. Well, it appears the mountain lions of Montana are rendering the question of "mountain lion versus wolf" completely moot.
    From this story on
    A state wolf specialist in Montana says mountain lions have killed two radio-collared wolves in the Bitterroot Valley since January. Liz Bradley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said she found a dead wolf last week with skull puncture wounds that are a trademark of a mountain lion.

  • May 16, 2012

    Great White Shark Flips, Chomps Angler's Kayak

    By Chad Love

    Kayak fishing and kayak duck hunting are things I've really wanted to get into for a while now. I even have dreams of taking my own do-it-yourself kayak fishing trip to the Florida Keys, Baja California, or some other storied saltwater destination. On the other hand, maybe I'll just stick to freshwater kayaking, because something like this would inevitably happen to me, and then I'd have to spend the rest of my life wearing Depends and going to therapy.
    From this story on
     Joey Nocchi, 30, of Paso Robles, had the big-fish tale to tell, after his kayak was upended and bitten by a great white shark. Nocchi and friends James Byon of Paso Robles and Matt Kerschke of Los Osos were fishing for rockfish at 1:30 p.m. Saturday near Leffingwell Landing off Moonstone Beach. “We’d just about limited out on rock cod, and Matt caught two halibut,” Nocchi said. “We were cruising along together and talking.” He was reaching for his knife when “I got hit from underneath and started coming up out of the water. My buddies said I came out of the water 4 to 5 feet — it flipped me over the side. 

  • May 10, 2012

    Angler Killed by Crocodile in Zimbabwe While Trying To Save Fishing Buddy

    By Chad Love

    A Zimbabwean angler trying to rescue his fishing partner from a crocodile was attacked and killed by a second crocodile as he waded toward his friend.

    From this story on
    A Zimbabwean man was killed while trying to rescue his friend from attacking crocodiles in northwest Zimbabwe, a fishing club said Wednesday. The National Anglers' Union said that Frank Trott, aged in his 70s, died after trying to rescue a friend paddling along the shoreline at Charara fishing camp. His friend survived but sustained wounds to his midsection and buttocks. The dead man was dragged away by a giant crocodile after going to assist his friend, said Mike Brennan, head of the fishing group. The friend, aged in his 40s and a fellow farmer with experience in the African wilderness, was treated for his wounds.

  • May 2, 2012

    Maine Guide Attacked, Bitten by Coyote While Calling Turkeys

    By Chad Love

    There are some advantages to being a really lousy turkey caller. Granted, you might not ever call in a tom, but at least you also probably won't get attacked by a fooled and hungry coyote...

    From this story in the Maine Sun Journal:

    Opening day of turkey season turned out to be a bit more than Bill Robinson had in mind Monday when he set out his decoy at dawn’s first light. “I’ll never forget looking up and seeing a jaw full of teeth coming at me,” Robinson said Tuesday, the day after being attacked and bitten on the right arm by a coyote. The wild canine sprang while the Maine Guide was hunkered down in the brush, using a mouth-call to lure a turkey into the open while hunting on private property near the Washington County community of Cooper.

  • April 6, 2012

    Aussie Pilot Finds Snake on Plane, Makes Emergency Landing

    By Chad Love

    It's one of the eternal coffeehouse debates of earnest naval-gazers everywhere: Does life imitate art, or does art merely imitate life? Who knows, but when it comes to dealing with m***********' snakes on m***********' planes, I think I'll go with the latter, because everybody knows that anything, anything that Samuel L. Jackson appears in is high art. However, I'm not sure the Australian pilot of this airplane would agree...
    From this story on  
    A pilot made an emergency landing during a flight in Australia, reportedly telling air traffic controllers, "Look, you're not going to believe this. I've got snakes on a plane." Australia's ABC News reported that Braden Blennerhassett, 26, swiftly put the Air Frontier plane on the ground after making the unusual mayday call during a flight from Darwin to the remote town of Peppimenarti on Tuesday. Air Frontier offers charter and scenic flights throughout Australia’s northern territory.

  • October 11, 2011

    Video, Interview: Mountain Biker Clobbered by Charging Antelope

    By David Maccar

    Charging wildlife isn’t the first thing on a mountain biker’s mind in the heat of a race, but the animals don’t know that.

    Evan van der Spuy was racing in the 38 km Time Freight MTB Express mountain bike race at Albert Falls Dam, 20km outside the city of Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa for Team Jeep South Africa over the weekend.

    His teammate, Travis Walker, was in third place with a GoPro camera mounted on his bike, and captured this amazing footage below of Evan, who was in second place until this red hartebeest (a member of the antelope family) had something to say about it.

    Yes, the hit was as hard as it looks. Evan was stabilized with a neck brace and taken to the hospital for overnight observation. He sustained a minor concussion, whiplash and some bruising on his head where his helmet imploded on impact.

    F&S spoke to Evan today to get his take on the events behind this video, which is rapidly going viral.

    Evan said he is recovering well, and feels extremely lucky.

    “Luckily I walked away with just a bit of whiplash and a concussion, considering what happened,” he says. “I saw the animal moving to cross the road in front of me, but when I saw how close it really was, I was shocked. Then, from the moment it hit me I was unconscious. I actually don’t know what happened from then.”