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  • 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?”

  • May 8, 2013

    Moose Mount Gets Place on Navy's Newest Warship

    By CJ Lotz

    A 65-inch bull moose mount will adorn a space aboard the U.S. Navy's newest warship, the USS Anchorage.

    The 100-pound shoulder mount was donated by Anchorage resident Lex Patten, who shot the moose in 1990 on a hunt with his late father, Allen. "It was the last moose hunt I went on with my dad," he said. "[Dad] insisted on packing out the antlers, about a mile, and he did. He was 73 at the time."

  • May 7, 2013

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Montana Grizzly Season May Open Next Year

    By CJ Lotz

    Grizzly hunting in Montana could be a reality as soon as next year, says a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report.

    The process to remove grizzlies from the list of federally protected animals could begin as soon as next year. Grizzly bears have been listed as “threatened” since 1975.

    The new plan could allow for regulated grizzly bear hunting in designated areas within a 110,636 square-mile section of Montana, including Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Rocky Mountain Front.