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  • Free Wildlife Adventure/Government Conspiracy Thriller (Vanity)

    07/20/2014 7:58:37 PM PDT · by Big_Harry · 18 replies
    July 20, 2014 | Big_Harry
    Hello fellow FReepers! Sometimes we all just need to curl up with a good book, so...In celebration of the publishing of my second novel, "NIGHT WIND", my first novel "COUGAR!" in eBook form, will be free to download at for five days starting on July 21st.COUGAR! by W.W. Brock Enjoy!
  • 11-year-old Washington state girl kills cougar following her 14-year-old brother to their home

    02/27/2014 1:26:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies ^ | 2/27/14 | AP
    TWISP, Wash. — An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home in north central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said. The female cougar killed last week was about 4 years old and weighed about 50 pounds — half of what it should weigh, said Officer Cal Treser. "This cougar was very, very skinny," he said.
  • Homeless Man Recovering After Apparent Mountain Lion Attack (CA)

    02/02/2014 2:27:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    NBC 4 So CA ^ | January 2, 2014 | Andrew Lopez
    Traps have been put in place to capture the lionAuthorities are hoping to speak Sunday to a 50-year-old homeless man who suffered severe injuries in an apparent mountain lion attack in Perris. An emergency call was placed around 8 a.m. Saturday morning of a man suffering injuries to his face, chest, head and arms, according to Dan Sforza, assistant chief of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The man, who was injured near a makeshift shelter near Highway 74 and Navajo Road, was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery, Sforza said.
  • This lion doesn’t run, instead kills, eats wolf ( Wyoming )

    12/15/2013 12:34:39 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Jackson Hole News ^ | December 11, 2013 | Mike Koshmrl
    Five mountain lion cubs mothered by Teton Cougar Project research animals have met their ends in the jaws of wolves over the past few years. Now a Jackson Hole female cougar appears to have exacted vengeance. A lion tracked by the Kelly-based science institute for the past six years is documented to have recently dined on a yearling wolf, Cougar Project biologist Mark Elbroch says. “What’s nice about this particular incident is that this is a collared mountain lion, and we know for sure that she killed it,” ... While not unheard of, proven cases of lions killing wolves are...
  • Update: mountain lion killed in Des Moines neighborhood

    10/07/2012 7:22:10 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 45 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | 10.4.12 | Pat Curtis
    Police shot and killed a mountain lion this morning in Des Moines. Kevin Baskins, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says it’s extremely unusual for such an animal to end up in a residential neighborhood. “Certainly, we see the occasional mountain lion wander through the state of Iowa, but to the best of our knowledge, we really have not seen one in urban setting like Des Moines,” Baskins said. ”The only explanation we can think of is that mountain lions will follow river corridors and the river is in fairly close proximity to where this cat got shot.”...
  • Possible Cougar Sighting In Schaumburg ( Illinois )

    10/01/2012 4:20:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    CBS ^ | September 28, 2012
    Police in northwest suburban Schaumburg issued an alert Friday after a motorist reported seeing a large animal resembling a cougar. ... Police say possible cougar sightings have been reported recently in Highland Park, Northfield and Winetka.
  • Cougar tears man's pants during attack on west coast of Vancouver Island

    09/13/2012 4:41:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | September 13, 2012 | Keven Drews,
    Fearing for his life, a 38-year-old Vancouver Island man says he ran from the fangs and claws of a ravenous cougar and scaled a hefty piece of construction equipment in a desperate bid to escape. With his pants shredded by the cougar's jaws and a shoe lost along the way thanks to a swipe from the animal's claws, John Frank Jr. said he climbed a locked-up excavator's boom and called for help on his radio. The community of Ahousat, B.C., located north of Tofino, B.C., on the island's west coast, responded to Tuesday's attack, with some residents arriving on scene...
  • B.C. woman recounts 'surreal' cougar attack in her house ( Canada )

    08/28/2012 1:21:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug 28, 2012
    A B.C. woman who was attacked on her sofa by a starving cougar that strolled into her house in search of a meal says her faithful dog saved her life. Angie Prime, 35, was sitting in the living room of her home in Trail, located in southeastern B.C., on Saturday evening, talking to her husband on the phone and getting ready to take her three dogs out for a walk before turning into bed. Then she caught a flash of something that should not have been in the house. "I just happened to catch something out of the corner of...
  • California official replaced after killing cougar

    08/08/2012 11:38:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    VENTURA, Calif. -- The California Fish and Game Commission has removed its president after he was criticized for killing a mountain lion in Idaho. Commission members voted Wednesday to replace Dan Richards. Richards, who was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008, has said he plans to remain on the five-member commission until his term expires in six months.
  • Cougar sighted in Buffalo County [WI]-Cougar photographed in Michigan's Marquette County

    07/23/2012 7:25:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Cougar sighted in Buffalo CountyMONDOVI (AP) — A cougar is roaming western Wisconsin’s Buffalo County. The cougar was photographed by an outdoorsman using a trail camera on land between Gilmanton and Mondovi after dark Saturday, July 14th. A biologist from the Wisconsin DNR verified the sighting after discovering tracks in the area. It’s only the second verified cougar sighting in Wisconsin this year. The DNR has been able to confirm visits from just six male cougars to the state since 2008. Excerpted, article at link ------------------------------------------------------ Cougar photographed in Michigan's Marquette County BATH, Mich. - The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy (MWC)...
  • Couple's lesson in survival from '07 cougar attack

    06/23/2012 7:09:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | June 23, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    It was hard to put a finger on it, but something seemed slightly off five years ago as Jim and Nell Hamm were completing a hike through pristine Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The Humboldt County woods seemed unusually quiet, they said, perhaps a bit spooky that fateful afternoon on Jan. 24, 2007, when Jim heard a "gravelly sound" and looked behind him. In the air, its claws straight out in front, was a mountain lion flying toward his head. He said he instinctively ducked to his left and the lion flew by, landing on the trail. The cougar quickly...
  • Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest [feline cougars]

    06/14/2012 4:07:53 PM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 6-14-12 | JIM SUHR
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according to a new study billed as the first rigorous statistical look at the issue. The findings, detailed in The Journal of Wildlife Management, showed 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest and as far south as Texas between 1990 and 2008. While confirmed sightings of Midwest cougars were sporadic before 1990, when there were only a couple, that number spiked to more than 30 by 2008, the study shows. Researchers said the...
  • Officers Open Fire on Mountain Lion in Downtown Santa Monica

    05/22/2012 3:55:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jonathan Lloyd
    A mountain lion cornered in a downtown Santa Monica courtyard bolted after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, prompting authorities to use lethal force Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Fish and Game. "We were able to get a dart in the lion. At that point, the lion was making its way out into the street and then we really have to be concerned about public safety at that point," ... The male, 3-year-old mountain lion -- estimated to weigh 80 pounds -- apparently jumped over an eight-foot fence to enter the courtyard area
  • Calif. game official avoids fine from cougar hunt

    04/12/2012 4:31:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/12/12
    California regulators have given a warning letter to the president of the state Fish and Game Commission over a mountain lion hunting trip he took earlier this year, but they decided against issuing a fine. . . . It says he violated the state's $420 gift limit when he accepted an Idaho hunting trip in January worth $6,800.
  • Cougars reported at University of Michigan

    03/23/2012 4:34:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies
    upi ^ | March. 23, 2012
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., -- Police at the University of Michigan said officers were unable to find any trace of a pair of suspected cougars reported near campus. University police said a caller around 8:30 a.m. Thursday reported spotting a tan cougar near the North Campus along Hubbard Road and responding officers were unable to find tracks or any other sign of the animal, The Detroit News reported Friday. Police said a second caller around 3:30 p.m. reported a black cougar-like animal in the same area, but officers were again unable to find any trace of the reported feline. "The likelihood...
  • California Assemblyman drops campaign to oust wildlife official who shot and killed mountain lion

    03/12/2012 9:21:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | Updated 3/12/12
    Democratic Assemblyman Ben Hueso said Friday that he is dropping his effort to oust Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards. Richards recently came under heavy fire from animal-rights groups and Democratic lawmakers after a photo in a hunting publication showed him posing with a mountain lion he shot in Idaho. Unlike in California, where voters banned killing cougars in 1990, Idaho allows the animals to be hunted. Critics said his actions, while not illegal, raised doubts about his ability to lead the commission. But hunting and fishing groups, as well as GOP lawmakers, have come to Richards' defense. Hueso,...
  • Wildlife official says he ate cougar that he shot

    03/02/2012 7:30:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/2/12 | Peter Fimrite, Marisa Lagos
    A collective gulp was almost detectable this week when California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards defiantly declared to outraged legislators that he not only gunned down a mountain lion and held the carcass like a trophy, but he then ate big cat for dinner. The revelation that Richards complied with the backcountry rule that you eat what you shoot didn't do much to quiet calls in the Capitol for his head, but the perfectly legal shooting and consumption of puma meat certainly raised questions about his diet. As odd and unappetizing as the dish may sound, it isn't...
  • Cougar hunter target of try to oust him from post

    03/01/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 55 replies · 5+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/1/12 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Democratic lawmakers may attempt to oust California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards as early as next week following outrage over his legal killing of a mountain lion on a recent Idaho hunting trip. Assembly Democrats on Wednesday were looking into the possibility of a legislative resolution that would remove him from the board, one day after Richards sent a letter to the Legislature, the governor and other state officials defiantly defending the killing, mocking critics for their outrage and saying that - contrary to beliefs that the shooting was purely a trophy kill - he did, in fact,...
  • California legislators show their hypocrisy over hunting issue

    02/29/2012 10:05:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/29/12 | Dan Walters
    Dan Richards, who chairs the California Fish and Game Commission, is under fire in the Capitol because he killed a mountain lion in Idaho and posed with his trophy for a picture that was later published on a hunting publication website. Forty Democratic legislators signed a letter to Richards saying he should resign. "Your actions raise serious questions about whether you respect the laws of the people of California and whether you are fit to adequately enforce those laws," the lawmakers told Richards. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom later joined the chorus. So let's get this straight.... Mountain lion hunting is...
  • Game official: cougar killing no one's business

    02/28/2012 10:53:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 137 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/28/12 | Marisa Lagos
    California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards said Tuesday that there is "zero chance" he will resign over a photograph showing him grinning as he holds up the body of a mountain lion he shot, killed and ate in Idaho recently. In a letter addressed to Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, one of dozens of public officials who called for Richards' resignation in recent days, Richards blasted lawmakers and others for their criticism of his hunting expedition and mocked their condemnation of the kill. Richards wrote that he did eat a cougar for dinner, did not use a high-powered...
  • Mountain Lion Spooked By Dog, Chased Up Backyard Tree

    02/23/2012 9:55:31 PM PST · by Altariel · 58 replies · 2+ views
    KCRA ^ | February 23, 2012 | Unknown
    LOS ALTOS -- A dog chased a cat up a tree Tuesday morning in the Bay Area -- same old story, right? Well, except in this case, the "cat" is a rather large mountain lion. The California Department of Fish and Game reported to an upscale home on La Barranca and Elena roads in Los Altos on Tuesday morning after learning of a mountain lion 30 to 40 feet up a tree. An 85-pound German Shepard named Cody apparently was scary enough to send the mountain lion running. The big cats have been known to eat things larger than Cody,...
  • The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich (1995: Marianne Promised To "Undermine Everything" For Newt)

    01/18/2012 5:23:38 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 159 replies ^ | September, 1995 | Gail Sheehy
    ........But his greatest presidential stumbling block may be right under his nose. At home, Newt's second wife, Marianne Ginther Gingrich, tells me she doesn't see herself in the First Lady's job. "Watching Hillary has just been a horrible experience," commiserates Marianne. "Hillary sticking her neck out is not working." What happens if Newt runs?, I ask. "He can't do it without me," she replies. "I told him if I'm not in agreement, fine, it's easy" --she giggles at her naughtiness. "I just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything...I don't want him to be president and...
  • Mountain lion killed after preying on petting zoo ( CA )

    01/03/2012 3:19:04 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Enterprise Media ^ | 28 December 2011 | DAVID DANELSKI
    The animal had been preying on domestic goats, residents and authorities said. A mountain lion that took a heavy toll on the animals in an Oak Glen petting zoo was killed on Christmas night when it returned to a sheep carcass to feed. The 7-year-old female lion had been raiding the petting zoo at Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho apple orchards. In all, 13 goats and sheep died, said Devon Riley, who owns the business in the mountains east of Yucaipa. When the goats and sheep started to disappear in late November, California Department of Fish and Game officials investigated...
  • Mountain Lion/Cougar Question/Vanity

    10/24/2011 6:19:51 PM PDT · by eastforker · 73 replies
    me | 10/24/11 | Eastforker
    I live in far NE Harris County, Texas.Got a question for all the hunters and outdoormen here.Yesterday morning I noticed about a 60 pound hog had been hit and killed down my road.I stopped to take a closer look and noticed the pig had been eaten on, from the belly, through the rib cage, the sternom and ribs chewed back several inches, all the way to the throat. Rigor had not set in yet so it was quite fresh, yesterday evening the hog was still there in the same shape it was in(except now bloated and full of flies) the...
  • Ford Said to Plan End of Forgotten Mercury After Seven Decades

    05/27/2010 1:10:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies · 1,471+ views ^ | 5-27-2010 | By Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co. is preparing to wind down the Mercury line, created in 1939 by Edsel Ford, after sales plunged 74 percent since 2000, said two people familiar with the plan. The automaker’s top executives are preparing a proposal to kill Mercury to be presented to directors in July, said the people, who asked not to be indentified revealing internal discussions. Mercury, losing two of four models next year, will be starved of products and promotion, the people said. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally emphasized the automaker’s namesake brand as he revived the only major U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy....
  • Ford considering fate of Mercury brand

    05/28/2010 6:53:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 413+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 05/28/2010 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Mercury could soon be the latest Detroit car brand to disappear. Ford Motor Co. is assessing the future of Mercury, although a final decision on whether to kill the brand hasn't yet been made, a person familiar with the company's deliberations said Thursday. The person asked not to be named because the process is ongoing. During a trip to Washington to meet with lawmakers, Ford CEO Alan Mulally declined to discuss Mercury, saying the company has nothing new to announce. He added that Ford is continually reviewing all its brands. Several Lincoln-Mercury dealers contacted Thursday evening said they hadn't heard...
  • Adieu, Mercury. Which brand’s next? (Ford shutting down Mercury after 71 years)

    06/03/2010 6:31:08 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 48 replies · 945+ views
    MSNBC Online ^ | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Analysts say there are too many brands chasing too few buyers Mercury has come to that big garage in the sky, and there's a convoy behind it of what could be more disappearing brands. After 71 years, the Mercury brand will vanish from the market with little more than a whimper, by the end of the year. The brainchild of automotive pioneer Edsel Ford, Mercury had become little more than an afterthought on the automotive sales charts in recent years, a costly and irrelevant distraction that company officials, after years of debate, finally decided to do away with. The move...
  • Ford to End Mercury Brand This Year, Expand Lincoln

    06/02/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 662+ views
    businessweek ^ | June 02, 2010 | Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co., after selling its European brands, said it will discontinue its 71-year-old Mercury brand by the end of the year and expand its Lincoln lineup with a new small car. Ford’s board voted today to cease production of all four of Mercury’s models in the fourth quarter, Mark Fields, the automaker’s president of the Americas, told reporters. Ford will send letters to 1,712 Mercury dealers this week offering them buyouts and giving some the chance to merge the Lincoln half of their franchise with Ford showrooms, he said.
  • Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the line

    09/15/2011 7:54:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | September 15, 2011: 8:51 PM ET | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    The last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off a Canadian assembly line Thursday, marking the end of the big, heavy Ford cars that have been popular with taxi fleets and police departments for decades. Since 1979, almost 10 million Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars — so-called Panther Platform vehicles — have been sold. Demand for better fuel economy and performance has choked off sales over the years. The Crown Victoria and Town Car get just 24 miles per gallon on the highway, a figure matched by some large three-row SUVs today. … The Crown Victoria and its...
  • Toddler, 18 months, attacked by cougar on Vancouver Island ( Canada )

    09/03/2011 7:35:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    The Victoria Times ^ | August 30, 2011 | CINDY E. HARNETT
    An 18-month-old boy attacked by a cougar in Pacific Rim National Park Monday was in serious condition in B.C. Children's Hospital Tuesday. Julien Sylvester's mother, Sarah Hagar, was at the hospital in Vancouver with her injured son. "The patient is in serious condition, which means he is being monitored closely," ... The family had packed up and was leaving the beach. Julien was walking three metres in front of his grandfather and an unidentified adult when the cougar leaped on the boy from a forest at the edge of the beach, Armstrong said. The cougar was momentarily daunted by Julien's...
  • Dogs Harass a Lion Hanging off a cliff

    08/20/2011 6:24:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 20, 2011
    Video at Site.
  • DEC confirms wild mountain lion in Lake George [traveled from SD to CT]

    08/20/2011 5:15:13 PM PDT · by GJ15 · 14 replies ^ | August 19, 20111 | Don Lehman
    LAKE GEORGE -- State wildlife biologists have confirmed that a wild mountain lion passed through Warren County last winter before it was hit and killed by a car in Connecticut earlier this year. The big cat was hit by a car in Milford, Conn., on June 11. A series of DNA analyses have linked it to mountain lion fur left behind with cat paw prints in the back yard of a Lake George home last December, said Lori Severino, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Officials believe it was native to South Dakota, and said it was...
  • (High School) Law teacher, 33, videotaped herself raping 16-year-old male student in motel

    08/09/2011 6:38:41 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 105 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 9th August 2011 | Paul Thompson
    FULL TITLE: Law teacher, 33, videotaped herself raping 16-year-old male student in motel, say police A High School teacher has been charged with rape after allegedly filming herself having sex with an underage student. Tara Driscoll, 33, of Bayshore, Long Island, was arrested after police obtained a copy of the video film showing her performing sex acts on the 16-year-old boy. Police said the boy, a student at Campus Magnet High School in Cambria Heights, Queens, confessed to having sex with Driscoll after being confronted by his mother. Investigators said Driscoll, who teaches law and government, picked up the underage...
  • Durkin: Wayward animals can cover vast distances

    08/02/2011 5:20:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    State Journal ^ | 8-2-11 | PATRICK DURKIN
    An acquaintance of mine probably wasn't surprised to hear about the cougar that wandered northern Wisconsin from January through May in 2010, disappeared, and then died June 11 after getting SUV'd on a Connecticut highway. Talk about missing your exit and ending up in the wrong town. My acquaintance can relate. Years ago, he became tired while driving on I-90/I-94, so his wife took the helm near Mauston. Before dozing off, he reminded her to take I-90 to La Crosse when the highways forked in 25 miles. No problem, she said. When he awoke, they were pulling off to gas...
  • Mountain Lion travels 1,500 miles on its own to CT.

    07/26/2011 2:35:43 PM PDT · by Peter from Rutland · 56 replies
    The Middletown Press ^ | 7/26/2011 | Unknown
    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said today that results of genetic tests show that the mountain lion killed in Milford in June made its way to the state from the Black Hills region of South Dakota and is an animal whose movements were actually tracked and recorded as it made its way through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Genetic tests also show that it is likely that the mountain lion killed when it was hit by a car June 11 on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford was the same one that had been seen earlier that month in...
  • Mysterious mountain lion killed in Connecticut

    06/12/2011 1:12:01 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 72 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-12-2011 | By Lauren Keiper
    BOSTON (Reuters) – A mountain lion was killed just 70 miles from New York City early on Saturday morning, and officials were trying to determine if it was the same big cat spotted a week ago roaming the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut. The 140-pound mountain lion was hit by a small SUV on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, early Saturday morning, and died from its injuries. The driver was unhurt, officials said. With no native mountain lion population in the state, "it's possible and even likely" it is the same enormous cat with a long tail spotted last weekend...
  • Up To 8-Foot Long, 160-Pound Mountain Lion On The Loose In Greenwich, Conn.

    06/10/2011 8:03:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 164 replies
    CBS 2 ^ | June 9, 2011 | Lou Young
    Conservation Experts: This Size Cat Hasn't Been Seen Here In 100 Years. There has been a wild animal alert issued in the northern suburbs. A mountain lion, yes, a mountain lion, is on the loose. ... We’re not looking for your Aunt Mildred’s kitty here, either. This is a big cat, a 160-pound predator that hunts and eats things. ... Ironically the Eastern mountain lion was officially declared extinct only a few months ago — in March.
  • Mountain lion killed on resident's porch

    05/25/2011 4:56:20 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 62 replies
    Independent Record | ^ | May 25, 2011 | EVE BYRON
    UPDATE 9:20 a.m. - Charlene Wilkinson just wanted to read the news, not be the news when she picked up the Independent Record off her porch Wednesday morning. Then she got a call from the Helena Police dispatcher shortly after 7 a.m., telling her to stay inside and move away from the windows because a mountain lion was curled up on her front porch, precisely where she had picked up her newspaper just moments earlier. "They told me not to even look out the window because I could startle it and it could go through the window," Wilkinson said, recalling...
  • East Lyme Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault (woman)

    04/15/2011 3:07:28 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 13 replies
    Eyewitness News 3 ^ | 4-15-2011 | Kevin Hogan
    EAST LYME, Conn -- East Lyme Middle School is without its band and music teacher. Police said they charged 25-year-old Amy Schneider on Friday with three counts of second-degree sexual assault.
  • Hunter’s photo captures eight cougars in one spot

    02/19/2011 10:51:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | February 17, 2011 | Rich Landers
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Wenatchee hunter has a right to be proud for his photo showing a pride of mountain lions on the Douglas County ranch where he has permission to hunt. The black and white trail-cam image, which shows eight cougars in one spot, has gone viral in Northwest websites and e-mail lists since he first released it to acquaintances on Christmas Day. PHOTO • Wildlife enthusiasts were in awe of the scene, which few people will see in their lifetimes. • Alarmists were ready to take up arms against the lion onslaught on the Central Washington deer population....
  • Camera captures mountain lion in Chesterfield[Missouri]

    01/24/2011 6:58:31 AM PST · by Palter · 44 replies
    STL Today ^ | 21 Jan 2011 | STEPHEN DEERE
    It's impossible to mistake the big cat in the grainy black and white pictures — not with that distinct patch of white hair at its mouth, the muscled jaw line, bulging shoulders and sleek profile. Call it a cougar, puma or panther. The question is: What's it doing in Chesterfield? The Missouri Department of Conservation isn't quite sure, but most likely the mountain lion was just passing through in search of territory or a mate. The pictures taken Jan. 12 from a stationary wildlife camera mark the first confirmed sighting in St. Louis County since 1994, and the 13th in...
  • Teacher quits after buying student 'morning after' pill

    11/23/2010 1:31:46 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 41 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | Published: November 12, 2010 | DAVE NICHOLSON & NATALIE SHEPHERD
    A Plant City High School teacher has resigned after acknowledging she bought a "morning after pill" for a student and had inappropriate Facebook conversations with the student's boyfriend. Ginger Parks, a 17-year teaching veteran, resigned her job Sept. 22, less than a week after she was confronted with the allegations. She faced firing if she didn't quit, Hillsborough County School District records show. Parks, who taught English, also was the school's cheerleading coach. She at first denied any misconduct, the district reported, but changed her story when district investigator Andrew J. Rouleau told Parks he had 40 pages of printouts...
  • Small dog vs. big cat: US farmer shoots mountain lion after (Jack Russell) terrier trees animal

    11/12/2010 1:17:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2010 | AP
    Small dog vs. big cat: US farmer shoots mountain lion after terrier trees animal By The Associated Press (CP) COLMAN, S.D. — A 150-pound (68-kilogram) mountain lion was no match for a squirrel-chasing terrier. Jack the Jack Russell weighs only 17 pounds (8 kilograms), and yet he managed to trap the cougar up a tree on Tuesday on a farm in the north-central state of South Dakota. Jack's owner, Chad Strenge, told The Argus Leader that the dog "trees cats all the time," and that the plucky terrier probably "figured it was just a cat." Professor Jonathan Jenks, who tracks...
  • At 52, Sharon Stone is still smoking hot in a bikini

    10/18/2010 7:46:19 PM PDT · by TSgt · 83 replies · 1+ views
    / ^ | 11:22 PM on 18th October 2010 | Jody Thompson
    She's best known for that scene in Basic Instinct - and it appears that Sharon Stone still lives by the maxim if you've got it, flaunt it, on the set of a recent movie. The star stripped down to a tiny bikini in low-budget comedy Five Bucks A Day, directed by Calendar Girls and Made In Dagenham British film maker Nigel Cole. In fact, the budget seems to have been so low that the props department couldn't afford to loan Sharon a handbag.
  • Killer Cougars

    09/28/2010 8:19:22 PM PDT · by Immerito · 54 replies
    Outdoor Life ^ | September 18, 2007 | Don Zaidle
    On August 19, 1996, 36-year-old Cindy Parolin and three of her children were riding horses in the Similkameen backcountry, 30 miles northwest of Princeton, British Columbia. Like their mother, 6-year-old Steven, 11-year-old Melissa and 13-year-old David felt a mixture of wonder and excitement as they traveled through the vast wilderness. The four were headed to a cabin to join Parolin's husband and other son for a camping vacation. As the family rode along, the horses grew increasingly nervous. The cause became starkly clear when a cougar suddenly launched itself from the undergrowth at Steven. The animal missed its mark, landing...
  • DNR Can't Confirm Young Cougar Den Settlement [WI]

    06/22/2010 6:06:50 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WTAQ ^ | June 17, 2010
    JUNEAU COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - The state DNR says it could not confirm that a den of young cougars has settled in west central Wisconsin. That’s after a mountain lion seriously injured a horse on Monday in the Wonewoc area of Juneau County. Officials said it was apparently the same cougar that killed 2 sheep and a cow in the Wonewoc area last month. The DNR’s Keith Warnke said volunteers and officials from his agency and the USDA all tried track the animal on Monday, but rainfall made the task impossible. After the May attack, Warnke said crews were hoping...
  • Los Lunas mother to testify on proposal to thin cougar population ( New Mexico )

    08/28/2010 5:51:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    News-Bulletin ^ | 28 August 2010 | Dana Bowley
    Salazar's 5-year-old son was attacked and severely mauled by a cougar that tried to drag the boy off a well-used hiking trail and into the woods in the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque. The story was so frightening that it made national news. "People would say that it was just an accident. That it was extremely rare, just a rare accident." ...Convinced that three attacks in three months didn't qualify as rare... In 2006 and 2007, there were nine reported ... In 2008, there were 40 reported encounters before the attack on her son in May. This led her into...
  • Woman who allegedly bragged about sex with boy waives hearing (Stupid AND Guilty!)

    A 42-year-old woman accusing of having sex with a 14-year-old boy in Bath and then bragging about it at work gave up her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and her case will head to Northampton County Court. The boasting by Theresa E. Kasznicki not only led to her getting fired from her job at an insurance company, but to a police investigation that landed her in Northampton County Prison, according to court records. Her attorney Tuesday waived the hearing before District Judge John Capobianco under the condition that a plea agreement is in place in court.
  • Twilight mums: Why are middle-aged women falling for a big-screen vampire?

    07/01/2010 5:34:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2010 | Linda Papadopoulos
    My friend Sarah looked me in the eye with an intensity I have rarely seen in the many years I have known her. Then she confessed: 'I have a secret. I am in love with a 17-year-old vampire called Edward Cullen. I think about him . . . dream about him. I have his photo on my desk, and his picture is my computer screensaver.' Worryingly, not only did I immediately know who she was talking about, but I heard myself declaring (several octaves higher than my normal speaking voice): 'I know! How amazing was it when he growled at...
  • Cougars Die Young, Sugar Daddies Live Longer

    05/17/2010 6:05:30 AM PDT · by Scythian · 22 replies · 1,076+ views
    Cougars beware — having a boy toy husband increases a woman’s chances of an early death, according to a German study reported Thursday by the Daily Mail. And the younger her spouse is, the harder it is on a woman's health, researchers found. However, the trend is reversed when an older man opts for a younger woman. The more youthful his wife, the longer the husband is expected to live.