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  • May 29, 2013

    Florida Python Hunters Find Mysterious Gold Medallion

    By Ben Romans

    Between Jan. 12 and Feb. 10, over 1,600 snake hunters combed the Florida everglades looking for Burmese pythons as part of the state’s 2013 Python Challenge.

    Hunters Mark Rubinstein, Gregg Jobes, and Joseph Post didn’t land in the winner’s circle or receive any trophies. In fact, they didn’t find a single python. But they did walk away with something worth more than contest prize money—gold.

    According to NBC Miami, while searching for pythons, Rubinstein discovered a round piece of gold jewelry accented with sapphires in the shape of a cross and diamonds surrounding the perimeter. While a corner fragment of the jewel is melted, the majority of the piece is in good condition, and likely worth a substantial sum.

  • May 28, 2013

    Bosnian Shepherd Says He Strangled a Brown Bear to Death

    By CJ Lotz

    We're not too sure about the facts behind this story out of Bosnia, but it's worth a look. The injured shepherd in this video claims he basically choked a brown bear to death when the bruin attempted to attack his flock.

    "I grabbed it round the throat and squeezed and squeezed until it collapsed," the shepherd told news agencies from his hospital bed.

  • May 23, 2013

    Video: Grizzly Eats GoPro

    By David Maccar


  • May 21, 2013

    Why Has Baffin Island Lost Its Caribou Herd?

    By CJ Lotz

    A recent survey conducted by wildlife biologists with Nunavut's Department of Environment is showing caribou numbers on Canada's Baffin Island have crashed by more than 95 percent since the 1990s, with as few as 1,000 to 2,000 animals left out of herds that numbered 60,000 and 180,000 caribou less than 20 years ago.

    The department's report on the survey does not list reasons for the decline nor a way to address the problem.

  • 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.

  • May 16, 2013

    Texas Record Gator: Teen Lands 800-Pounder on First Hunt

    By CJ Lotz

    Braxton Bielski, 18, and his father were among 481 applicants vying for 10 alligator permits handed out by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a five-day hunt this year. After being selected in the drawing, their luck continued.

    The teen hunter tagged this Texas record gator on the Choke Canyon Reservoir. The 800-pound beast measured 14 feet, 3 inches.

  • May 15, 2013

    San Diego Road Workers Uncover 200,000-Year-Old Bison Fossil

    By CJ Lotz

    The fossilized bones of an ancient bison were found at a highway construction site in San Diego's North County. Experts at the San Diego Natural History Museum say the animal, which lived during the last Ice Age, is the first bison fossil found in Southern California.

  • May 10, 2013

    Horseback Boar Hunting Regains Popularity in Spain

    By CJ Lotz

    Hunters in Spain are taking up spears and chasing down wild boars on horseback, just like the Romans used to do it.

    The country now has a Pigsticking International Club, and the activity has been officially included in Spanish hunting regulations since last summer.

    Hunters stalk pigs all day before dispatching them from horseback with nine-foot spears.

  • May 10, 2013

    Adapt or Die: Study Says Flexible Diet Gave Bears and Wolves An Edge Over Extinct Big Cats

    By CJ Lotz

    A study out of the University of California, Santa Cruz suggests that flexibility in diet might have given wolves and bears an edge that left saber-tooth cats and cave lions in the evolutionary dust.

  • May 8, 2013

    Bears: The Alaskan Fact of Life

    By Peter B. Mathiesen

    Three years ago, outdoor writer, photographer, and consummate sportsman Peter Mathiesen left his hometown of St. Louis to start a new life in Alaska. Here’s why he made the move, what everyday life is like, and how it feels to have Denali right outside your window.

    There is no telling how many bears walk within a mile of my home. I readily find both black and grizzly sign nearby. Grizzlies seem to want to shy away from the house, although blacks are far more curious.

    Two summers ago, at around 9 p.m., I heard a single round discharged from what sounded like a large-caliber gun. My retriever barked once, looked up at me to see if we were going somewhere, and went back to sleep. That sounded close, I thought. Fifteen minutes later, a neighbor knocked on my door. He introduced himself and said, “I understand you’re a hunter. I don’t know what to do with this bear I just shot. Can you lend a hand?”