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  • Mountain lions roaming Colorado town in pride of about 10 'troubles' officials

    02/22/2019 8:58:06 AM PST · by ETL · 62 replies ^ | Feb 22, 2019 | Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    In recent days, residents have stumbled upon several animal carcasses and at least two attacks on dogs have been reported. The recent increase in mountain lion sightings prompted officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to alert the Edwards-area to be on high alert."This is a troubling situation and we are very concerned for the safety and welfare of the people in this area," CPW Northwest Regional Manager JT Romatzke said in an online statement Thursday. "We ask everyone to take this warning seriously." The CPW encouraged locals who spot a big cat in a residential area to alert them immediately and to...
  • The Weird Ways Animals Use Roads, Buildings and Power Lines to Their Advantage

    02/22/2019 5:42:35 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    Inside Science ^ | 2/19/19 | Katharine Gammon
    Animals are often able to adapt to their human-influenced surroundings with remarkable ease.(Inside Science) -- In 2012 and 2013, Bill Bateman, a zoologist based in Perth, Australia, began to notice something interesting about how animals were navigating the bush: When mining companies created small paths through the previously tangled environment to install seismic lines, animals started preferentially using those trails to move from one place to another. And animal ingenuity wasn’t confined to walking on beaten paths. “The more we looked, the more evidence there was that anthropogenic structures were often used to the advantage of these animals,” said Bateman,...
  • World's biggest bee found alive

    02/21/2019 5:27:21 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 Feb 2018 | Helen Briggs
    The giant bee - which is as long as an adult's thumb - was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. "It was absolutely breathtaking to see this 'flying bulldog' of an insect that we weren't sure existed anymore, to have real proof right there in front of us in the wild," There are currently no legal protections around its trade.
  • Real life Jaws? Photographer captures terrifying great white images

    02/20/2019 7:56:34 AM PST · by ETL · 31 replies ^ | Feb 20, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    An Australian photographer has captured terrifying images of a great white shark that came within inches of his hand as he attempted to get the best shots. The remarkable images show the 16-foot great white lifting its head out of the water, bearing its dagger-like teeth and biting a metal cage in the water, reports. Commercial diver Luke Thom, 26, who was able to capture photographer Andrew Fox getting the images, said it elicited a frightening reaction. “Holy s*** is probably the most common reaction," Thom said in comments obtained by the Australian news outlet. "I see a story and a moment...
  • Selfie-seeking teenager survives fall off bridge, hopes near-death experience serves as warning

    02/20/2019 7:35:12 AM PST · by ETL · 26 replies ^ | Feb 20, 2019 | Travis Fedschun | Fox News
    A teenager in Texas who was nearly killed while trying to snap the perfect selfie atop a bridge in Dallas has a simple message: No photo is worth it. Triston Bailey was reportedly with a group of friends headed home from a Dallas Stars game on Nov. 12 when the group decided to pull over for a selfie on the Margaret McDermott Bridge along Interstate 30, hoping to get the perfect shot of the city's skyline behind them. “I was going over the concrete barriers and they heard me exclaim. They thought I was joking and that I was trying...
  • 4 Recovery Secrets From the Man Who Just Ran the Fastest 10 Marathons in 10 Days

    02/18/2019 8:20:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 15, 2019 | Andrew Dawson
    Ultrarunner Michael Wardian goes from one running challenge to the next. His most recent? Breaking the record for the fastest time completing 10 marathons in 10 days. He crushed the world record, which included seven races across the seven continents in seven days during the World Marathon Challenge, and three more back on his home soil near Washington, D.C., Wardian averaged a speedy pace of 2:55:17 per marathon. Then, he finished up that stretch with a 5K with his dog, Rosie, the day after the 10 races. Here at Runner’s World, we were left wondering how the ultrarunning star is...
  • 80-Pound Dog Attacks a Top Runner a Mile Away From Half Marathon Finish

    02/16/2019 9:27:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 14, 2019 | Jacob Meschke
    Julie Stackhouse’s goal last Sunday was to win the Donna Half Marathon, a popular race that weaves through the coastal communities of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach east of Jacksonville, Florida. Stackhouse, a Jacksonville local, had good reason to think she could break the tape—she’s won the race twice in past years, and has notched victories in the marathon and relay, too. But even before she came face-to-face with an aggressive dog, Stackhouse knew she wasn’t going to win. She estimates her canine encounter slowed her down only around 45 seconds in total, but her impressive finishing time of 1:25:54—enough...
  • Best outdoor home security system

    02/16/2019 11:47:39 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 66 replies
    None ^ | 16 Feb 2019 | Self
    Asking the Freeper community for advice on features to evaluate and even product recommendations.
  • Free Republic Racing Fantasy NASCAR 2019

    01/26/2019 8:55:40 AM PST · by John W · 49 replies
    Free Republic Racing ^ | January 26, 2019 | John W
    Folks go here to join Free Republic Racing Fantasy NASCAR for 2019.
  • Reindeer Cyclones Are Real, and You Definitely Don't Want to Get Caught in One

    02/16/2019 3:55:17 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 56 replies
    Live Science ^ | 2/15/19 | Mindy Weisberger
    Vikings hunting reindeer in Norway were once confounded by "reindeer cyclones"; a threatened herd would literally run circles around the fierce hunters, making it nearly impossible to target a single animal. Filmmakers recently captured incredible aerial footage of one of these reindeer cyclones, which aired Feb. 13 on PBS in the documentary "Wild Way of the Vikings," a program about Vikings and the wilderness they inhabited around A.D. 1000. [Photos: Ancient Arrows from Reindeer Hunters Found in Norway] One of the documentary's most striking scenes shows a re-enactment of a Viking hunt interspersed with real footage of reindeer herds. Reindeer...
  • A real trailblazer-Carl Eliason invented the snowmobile in Wisconsin’s Northwoods 95 years ago

    02/14/2019 5:40:32 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Country Today ^ | Feb 4, 2019 | Benjamin Wideman
    SAYNER — Ski-Doo, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Yamaha dominate the snowmobile industry these days. But 95 years ago, one name stood alone — Eliason. In 1924, after nearly two years of planning and building, Carl Eliason unveiled a handmade contraption powerful enough to skim over Wisconsin’s snow-covered Northwoods yet small enough to navigate trails just a few feet wide. Born was the Eliason Motor Toboggan, precursor to the modern snowmobile. Eliason died 40 years ago at the age of 80. But his original creation, in remarkably good condition after all these decades, is displayed here in Vilas County at...
  • Deadly ‘zombie’ deer disease could possibly spread to humans, experts warn

    02/14/2019 4:16:06 PM PST · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2=14=19 | Madeline Farber
    A deadly disease that has affected the deer population in an estimated 24 states and two Canadian provinces could eventually spread to and infect humans, experts warn. Speaking at the Minnesota State Capitol last week, experts from the University of Minnesota told lawmakers of the dangers of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), or what the U.S. Geological Survey describes as a “ fatal, neurological illness occurring in North American cervids (members of the deer family), including white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose.” MINNESOTA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SHOOT MULE DEER EXHIBITING ‘STRANGE BEHAVIOR’Currently, there are no vaccines or treatments available for the disease, which...
  • Leopard picks fight with honey badgers, immediately regrets it (VIDEO)

    02/14/2019 2:35:55 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    The honey badger has gained infamy worldwide as the badass boss of the bush, the Chuck Norris of the animal kingdom, and yet one foolish leopard recently decided to pick a fight with one of the animal’s cubs. Big mistake. In a video uploaded on Tuesday, a mother honey badger charges down a leopard with a death wish, who was attacking her cub in possibly one of the worst decisions ever caught on camera. ... Eyewitnesses believe the young cub may have broken its leg during the attack, based on its body language after the melee. But that is only...
  • Major fixes for addressing traffic, sea level rise on Highway 37 identified

    02/13/2019 10:54:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The North Bay Business Journal ^ | February 11, 2019 | Matt Brown
    Imagine driving along a four-lane elevated causeway above the brackish San Pablo Bay, shaving more than an hour off the normal Highway 37 commute. Transportation planners have for years envisioned remaking the 20-mile route from Novato to Vallejo into the North Bay’s most important east-west corridor. Now, they are ready to act. Officials in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties have been meeting for several years, pondering solutions to Highway 37’s notorious bottlenecks, where 45,000 cars per day stretch the normal 20-minute commute to as much as 100 minutes. They have also acknowledged that traffic improvements will be irrelevant without...
  • A U.S. trophy hunter paid $110,000 to kill a rare mountain goat in Pakistan

    02/12/2019 9:14:26 PM PST · by Simon Green · 82 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 02/12/19 | Pamela Constable
    <p>The photograph, published last week in Pakistani newspapers, was stunning. It showed a magnificent mountain goat, with huge, symmetrically spiral horns, nestled on a rock and surrounded by breathtaking snowy mountains, with a man kneeling and smiling behind it.</p> <p>It took a few seconds to realize that the animal, a wild Astore markhor, was dead. The caption described the man as an American hunter who had paid a record $110,000 to shoot it on a tourist expedition to Pakistan’s northern Himalayan region of Gilgit-Baltistan.</p>
  • Terrifying moment diver comes face to face with mysterious 30-foot 'sea serpent'

    02/12/2019 1:37:56 PM PST · by ETL · 16 replies
    The Sun ^ | Feb 12, 2019
    Ben Laurie, 21, encountered the bizarre creature while diving near Cape Brett on New Zealand's North Island. ..." Ben, who has years of experience in the water and is an ambassador for the WildBlue dive shop, said he had seen nothing like it. He added: "I didn't know what it was at the time, so it was quite a confusing thing. "We get these little like plankton build-ups – they're like small stringy things but they're only like 20 cm. (7.8 inches) long – so I thought it was just a large one of them. "But one of the guys...
  • California mountain lion shot dead by landowners after preying on sheep sparks fiery debate

    02/12/2019 8:56:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 12, 2019 | Jennifer Earl
    A California family's decision to shoot and kill a hungry mountain lion during the animal's attempt to feast on its third sheep over three consecutive nights is being fiercely debated by locals, as some argue killing the big cat wasn't necessary. Alejandra Calderon, of Napa, estimated the mountain lion was only about 20 feet from their home when her husband — a hunter — delivered the fatal blow on Saturday. The young mountain lion was being tracked by Audubon Canyon Ranch, a non-profit conservation and research group based in Stinson Beach, at the time. “As a parent, I hope that...
  • Mountain lion, deer plunge into California family's backyard pool during wild chase

    02/12/2019 8:48:34 AM PST · by ETL · 19 replies ^ | Feb 11, 2019 | Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    Glendale residents Rachel Wong and her husband said they knew instantly something wild happened in their backyard when they woke up and looked outside Thursday morning. The pair decided to review their home surveillance tape to get a clue at what exactly went down — and that's when they spotted the encounter between the mountain lion and deer. “It was pretty scary, kind of creepy,” Wong told KCAL. “I saw the video,” “I ran into the room and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, did you see this?’ And I showed [my husband]." The video shows the mountain lion leaping toward the fleeing...
  • 87-Year-Old Runner Vows to Hit All-American Times at Age 90

    02/12/2019 7:11:40 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 8, 2019 | McGee Nall
    Even though the high temperature will likely be well below freezing today in Adrian, Michigan, you can bet that Everett Luoma, 87, will venture outside for a run. If it’s too cold for his liking, he’ll likely enjoy a longer run at the indoor track at Siena Heights University, where he serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the school’s cross-country and track teams. No matter where he gets in his workout, Luoma just needs to run—he’s kept a running streak since November, 2017, and made a log of each run ever since. Not only that, but he believes he’s...
  • Endurance: Search for Shackleton's lost ship begins

    02/10/2019 7:03:49 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 Feb 2019 | Jonathan Amos
    The team broke through thick pack ice on Sunday to reach the vessel's last known position in the Weddell Sea. Robotic submersibles will now spend the next few days scouring the ocean floor for the maritime icon. Shackleton and his crew had to abandon Endurance in 1915 when it was crushed by sea ice and sank in 3,000m of water. Shackleton's skipper, Frank Worsely, was a very skilled navigator and used a sextant and chronometer to calculate the precise co-ordinates of the Endurance sinking - 68°39'30.0" South and 52°26'30.0" West.