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  • Rehabilitated Eagle Returns to the Wild

    08/28/2015 5:05:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    WNEP ^ | A bald eagle is returning to its home in Bradford County after going through months of rehabilitatio
    A bald eagle is returning to its home in Bradford County after going through months of rehabilitation. Conservations officers found an eagle back in June, unable to fly. After more than two months of therapy with the Pocono Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, the bird was released back into the wild Friday. “That release was probably one of the nicest things an eagle lover could see,” said Mike Henrich of Sayre. Conservation officers say the bald eagle most likely got injured after getting into a fight with another bald eagle. They add that is a good problem to have. “The...
  • Bear Injures Doberman After Scrap in Lake Neighborhood

    08/27/2015 8:43:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | AUGUST 15, 2015 | Christal Hayes
    A dog is recovering after receiving deep scratches and lacerations on its body and neck during a scuffle with a bear in a residential neighborhood in between Leesburg and Eustis. Kim Givens said she had let her Doberman named Bo out in the backyard of her home in the Wedgewood subdivision before they went to bed late Aug. 8. She said about 11:30 p.m. she saw Bo bolt from her backyard and go down the hill her home sits on. She opened the sliding-glass door and heard loud growling and "horrible mauling sounds." Kim Givens' Doberman named Bo happily playing...
  • Hilarious video shows grizzly bear rolling down hill at Denali National Park

    08/25/2015 10:31:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2015
    Video at link. The video shows a close up of the bear as he stumbles then realizes that rolling down the hill was way more fun. (NPS) Chances of spotting bears in Alaska’s Denali National Park are not impossible, but pretty rare. So, what’s the chance you’d see a bear barrel rolling down a hill? A fun-loving grizzly playing up to the camera was captured on video enjoying himself in Denali National Park. In the background, tourists can be heard laughing amid the clicks of digital cameras. The video begins with a close up of the bear as he stumbles...
  • 10-Year-Old Boy Missing in Utah Forest Found Alive

    08/24/2015 5:40:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8/24
    A 10-year-old boy who disappeared while hiking with family in eastern Utah has been found alive more than 24 hours after he got lost while looking for mushrooms near a remote mountain lake, the child's aunt said Monday. Police say that Malachi Bradley got lost near a remote mountain lake near the Wyoming border Sunday morning. His aunt Lehua Estrada-Brown said she got a text from her husband at the scene saying the boy was found Monday afternoon in good shape. "We are so relieved and happy," she said. Malachi Bradley survived in the remote, rugged area as temperatures dipped...
  • Hey Seattleites, Stop Trying to "Save" Seal Pups

    08/24/2015 2:12:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Stranger ^ | 8/19 | Sydney Brownstone
    Every Year, Misguided Good Samaritans Snatch the Animals from West Seattle Beaches (It Usually Doesn't End So Well)If a human stumbles across a baby seal, one of the first things that person might notice about the baby seal is its eyes. "They're just these big, dark, limpid, black eyes holding yours," West Seattle resident Brenda Peterson tells me on a recent August evening. "You're just a goner, and people go, 'Oh, my god.'" We're at an undisclosed location near a West Seattle waterfront so Peterson, a well-published nature writer who has lived in the area for 23 years, can...
  • Giant alligator weighing 920 pounds gets pulled from lake

    08/24/2015 9:59:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 24, 2015
    EUFAULA, Ala. - Authorities say an alligator pulled from a lake in southeast Alabama weighs an estimated 920 pounds. AL.com reports that the 13-foot, 6-inch gator was captured in Lake Eufaula on Aug. 14.
  • An Anti-Hunter Trying to Save Ducks Accidentally Gets Shot in the Face [VIDEO]

    08/23/2015 8:00:54 PM PDT · by SZonian · 50 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | Unk | Eric Nestor
    This duck hunting protester in Australia was wading through a duck hunt in order to save hit ducks. She was then accidentally shot in the face. A duck protestor in Australia was wading through a duck hunt attempting to “save” the ducks that were shot down. A shot at a low-flying duck resulted in her accidental shooting. Back in March of 2011, these bold anti-hunters decided to interfere in a duck hunt in Australia. A 14-year-old duck hunter took a shot at a low-flying duck and shotgun pellets hit this anti-hunter in the face. Julia Symons was hit by at...
  • Airman hiking 710 Miles to Honor Wounded Soldiers

    08/23/2015 5:58:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | August 20, 2015
    Airman hiking 710 miles to honor wounded soldiers Cindy Hval The Spokesman-Review Recently visited page Air Force Tech. Sgt. Stacy Trosine is hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail in order to honor soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. • To donate to the EOD Warrior Foundation and help Sgt. Trosine reach her goal, go to eodwarriorfoundation.org/events/events/view/111. • For more information about the foundation: eodwarriorfoundation.org/about. • You can follow Trosine’s story on her blog at https://washingtonstatepctthruhiker.wordpress.com. Tech. Sgt. Stacy Trosine is on the journey of a lifetime. The Fairchild Air Force Base airman is hiking 710 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail,...
  • Scarce Salmon Caught in Bodega Bay Swells

    08/23/2015 5:52:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Napa Valley Register ^ | August 20, 2015 | Bill Ryan
    Local Angler scores … a 27.5 pound Chinook salmon and a 7-pound striper on the Miss Anita off of Bodega Bay. George Lewis, a reader from Napa, sent me this nice photo of two of his fish. George said that skipper Aaron Orsini did an outstanding job of guiding the boat in heavy swells. This gave George the best chance to bring the fish to the net. He was the second local angler in just a week to tell me that the Miss Anita is a well-run boat. It is a 6-pack – fishing just six anglers – so it’s...
  • Your Phone’s Gun Emoji Could Soon Be Banned

    08/21/2015 9:42:17 PM PDT · by NoCmpromiz · 23 replies
    The Right to Bear ^ | Unlisted | Unlisted
    Leave it to the left-wing anti-gun nuts to try and get something like this banned. Nowadays most smart phones have emojis. The Apple iPhone has a revolver emoji that is used while texting others. You can use the emoji however you want, the point is sending someone an emoji of a gun is in no way able to harm another. But gun activist in New York think it can lead to violence so they’re trying to get Apple to ban its use. The group called “New Yorkers Against Gun Violence” has petitioned Apple with their “Disarm the iPhone” campaign and...
  • SEE IT:- Baby girl fawns over her new deer friend (Cuteness Over-Load!)

    08/21/2015 5:00:06 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/21/2015 | ASHLEY LEWIS
    This baby girl from Nebraska can’t stop fawning over her new friend. The tot’s mom, identified only as Ann Maree by KETV 7 in Omaha, shared the completely en-deer-ing video of her daughter, Kate, sweetly chasing a young deer in their backyard on Sunday. “Our neighbor pointed out the fawn to us, it was in the backyard,” Ann Maree told the TV station. “My daughter who is 15 months, decided to walk toward it.”
  • Climatologist: We Have a ‘Moral Imperative’ to Burn Fossil Fuels

    08/21/2015 7:14:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 20, 2015 | 4:54 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    We have a “moral imperative” to burn carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels because the energy they provide is a “liberator” of humanity, says Dr. John Christy, a climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. “We are not morally bad people for taking carbon and turning it into the energy that offers life to humanity in a world that would otherwise be brutal,” Christy wrote in a recent op-ed. “On the contrary, we are good people for doing so.” He also challenged what he says are contradictions in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, in...
  • The Necessity of Hunting

    08/20/2015 2:27:58 PM PDT · by Plainsman · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2015 | Theodore Roosevelt IV
    The Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, wrote: “One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted.” For the best among us, hunting is a devotional activity. It is about complete immersion in our humanity; it is about the long trek of evolution; it is the heartbeat of our species; it is our souls, for lack of a better word. But not one of the best hunters among this tribe of sportsmen would continue if we were not also serving conservation and the very animals whom we hunt. Cecil the Lion...
  • First Wolf Pack in 91 Years Photographed in Northern California

    08/20/2015 2:10:39 PM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 21 replies
    Lostcoasr Outpost ^ | 8/20/2015 | Ryan Burns
    Scientists are calling it an ecological breakthrough: Two adult wolves and five cubs were recently photographed in Siskiyou County, the first known wolves in California since 1924 (with the exception of the famous wandering OR7, who wound up settling in Southern Oregon).
  • SpaceLiner: Europe-Australia, 90 minutes, Europe-US, one hour

    08/20/2015 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    phys.org ^ | 08-20-2015 | by Nancy Owano
    In aviation circles, the talk of the future involves phrases like "space planes" and "hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles." A group presently in the spotlight is from Germany; they are carrying a roadmap for low-cost space access which involves calling upon the air passenger market for fast-travel flights. Welcome to the world of SpaceLiner, which, when fully developed, could have dramatic impact in global aerospace. The DLR Institute of Space Systems said this suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger transport idea is under investigation at DLR-SART. (DLR is a German aerospace research agency and it evaluates complex systems of space flight. SART is...
  • Company in Canada gets U.S. patent for space elevator

    08/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 15, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    20 km Space Tower ====================================================================================================================== Exploring space while seated on Earth, gazing up on screens in museum theaters or at home via VR headsets. is exciting but the top imagination-grabber is the very idea of finding a way to access space. This is the present-day realm of creative thinking over space elevators, in the use of a giant tower to carry us to space. Scientists working on space elevators are thinking about materials and designs that can be used to access space as an alternative to rocket technology. A sign of the times is the upcoming Space Elevator Conference...
  • Dogs React to California Earthquake Rattling the Bay Area

    08/18/2015 11:23:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies
    accuweather.com ^ | Aug 18, 2015
    Aug 18, 2015; 8:00 AM ET: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled the San Francisco area Monday, Aug. 17, briefly halting train services while workers inspected the tracks. No injuries or serious damage were reported but these dogs knew something was up.
  • West Nile Fogging Kills Hundreds of Bees in Palo Alto

    08/18/2015 10:14:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/18 | Michelle Roberts
    The negative side effects of pesticides sprayed during mosquito season to reduce the risk of West Nile virus appears to have made its way onto the Peninsula. A Palo Alto bee keeper said many of his bees died after spraying last month. Neighbor Upset About Noisy Preschool Puts 'Shut Up' Sign in Window Denise Bonilla from he Santa Clara County Vector Control said an extremely low dose of pesticides are used during fogging and are only sprayed when necessary. "We want to make sure we only fog the are where there is West Nile virus activity," Bonilla said. A mosquito...
  • Vietnam vet fights off bear in California

    08/16/2015 9:43:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    KGPE. - CNN ^ | Aug 16, 2015 | Andreas Preuss
    Larry Yepez credits Marine training. A California Vietnam veteran now has bear attack scars to go along with his battle wounds. Crediting his Marine Corps training, Larry Yepez, 66, says he fought off a 250-pound bear outside his Mariposa County home last week. I could feel his strength. I felt like a little rag doll underneath him ... the bear was about 10 feet away and despite his yelling "get away," the animal continued toward him, jumped on him and knocked him down. ... I could hear the crunching ... when he bit down (on my wrist). He ripped towards...
  • Home > U.S. Bear Pokes Its Head Through Cat Door in Latest Break-In at Idaho Home

    08/16/2015 6:43:06 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 101 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Bears have become frequent uninvited guests at Doug Harder's Sandpoint, Idaho, home. In May, these three bears set up shop on the second-floor deck outside his condo. Harder found teeth marks in empty soda cans and scratches on the side of the building.
  • Internet sees Vladimir Putin's face in flock of birds over New York City

    08/16/2015 5:26:11 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 57 replies
    CBC News ^ | 14 August 2015 | CBC News
    There is something fishy about this swarm of birds Is Big Brother Vladimir Putin watching us from above? We've seen the Russian president shirtless on a horse, calmly stroking a leopard and flooring a Judo black belt. Has Russia's king of masculine poses found a way to get a swarm of flying birds to soar into a formation of his face?
  • Survival Gear Review: The Parry Blade

    08/16/2015 8:56:08 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 81 replies
    In the Mid 1990’s, Mel Parry, a Warrant Officer QGM, and a veteran of the well known 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (British SAS) saw the requirement for a new generation of of professional blades that could replace the legacy of survival tools that had been standard equipment for decades. (From the Manufacturer) Mel Parry knew that these professionals deserved something better. Collaborating with both service members and retirees from elite special forces throughout the world, he began to design what would be recognized as a breakthrough in both functionality and quality of manufacture. This breakthrough took the form of...
  • A Toast to Fitness: Hiking Plus Wine Hits the Spot

    08/15/2015 3:07:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | Mary Orlin | August 14, 2015
    On a warm, sunny Sunday morning, a hiking group gathers in the parking lot of Saratoga, Calif.’s, Sanborn County Park. Folks are decked out in hats, backpacks and hiking boots. Some carry poles, others water bottles in preparation for an 11-mile hike through the redwoods. But whether they’re seasoned hikers or newcomers to the Great Hikes Plus One club, they’re all here for two reasons: They want to socialize while doing something active outdoors. Then afterward, there’s a picnic at a Santa Cruz Mountains winery nearby. It’s a powerful incentive. The Bay Area is a haven for hikers. Google “Bay...
  • Pontoons Are The New Ultimate Party Boats

    08/14/2015 9:29:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 14, 2014 | Aimee Blanchette
    Minnesotans are putting a tidal wave of imagination into their pontoons — from luxe water slides to pirate planks. “Pontoons Gone Wild.” “Pontoon Hunters.” “Pimp My Pontoon.” If a TV producer stumbled on the gems floating on our lakes, there’d be a reality show waiting. These aren’t the kitschy putt-putters with plastic chairs and artificial turf, either. Pontoons, while still floating platforms, are larger, more powerful, more luxurious and sometimes even outrageous. “The pontoon used to be grandpa and grandma’s boat,” said Brent Wiczek, manager of Nisswa Marine. “We’re selling pontoons to a much younger generation than we ever have....
  • Ohm has worked up a drop-in replacement for car battery

    08/14/2015 7:36:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 114 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 14, 2015 | Nancy Owano
    Ohm is a 6-pound drop-in replacement for your car battery. What's not to like about what it claims to deliver. It never needs jump-starting. Works on the coldest days (in temperatures as low as -40C). Lasts more than twice than lead-acid batteries, which go for three years. Here, you are looking at a 7-year average lifetime. No lead, no acid. When Ohm says it is a drop-in replacement they mean that it is installed in the same way. The site says to "remove the positive and negative leads from your old battery, drop in Ohm, and reattach the lead to...
  • Moment that desperate whale approached boat full of fishermen for help after getting a plastic [tr]

    08/13/2015 6:10:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Martha Azzi
    A group of young fishermen have captured an incredible selfie with a whale after it swam up and seemed to ask them for help removing plastic bags caught in its mouth. The friendly whale nudged their boat as it made a surprise appearance in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney. The men soon noticed the whale, which circled the boat and swam underneath it, was asking for help and pulled out rubbish bags and fishing lines stuck in its mouth. Michael Riggio,17, took selfie snaps while his friend, Ivan Iskenderian, stretched over the boat to help the whale.
  • China explosion: Tianjin death toll rises in port blasts

    08/13/2015 1:27:49 AM PDT · by moose07 · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 August 2015 | John Sudworth
    At least 44 people are now known to have died, and more than 500 injured, following two major explosions in China's northern port city of Tianjin. Twelve firefighters were among the dead, China's official Xinhua news agency said as it reported a doubling of the death toll. Two blasts happened in a warehouse storing "dangerous and chemical goods" in the port area of the city. The blasts caused a huge fireball that could be seen from space. Buildings within a 2km radius (1.5 miles) had windows blown out, office blocks were destroyed and hundreds of cars burnt-out. Images on Chinese...
  • 2m Wedge-Tailed Eagle takes down Drone. Watch it Punch it out of the sky -

    08/12/2015 2:36:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/08/15
    To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com As seen on The herald sun, abc america
  • Caitlyn Jenner conquers her fear of swimsuits: see her white-hot style (seriously ugly)

    08/11/2015 3:44:01 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 135 replies
    Us Magazine ^ | 8/10/2015 | Rachel Torgenson
    White-hot! After admitting her insecurities about wearing a bathing suit, Caitlyn Jenner conquered her fear and rocked a sexy one-piece on the Aug. 9 episode of her E! reality series, I Am Cait.
  • Is the world's most scenic highway?(shortened)

    08/10/2015 8:59:10 PM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | By QIN XIE FOR MAILONLINE
    A stunning new route opened in Hubei province, central China, on August 9. Incredible images of the new road shows that drivers are literally travelling over water as the 6.8-mile motorway is built in the middle of a river valley. The spectacular road connects Xingshan County in Hubei to G42, a high-speed route that connects Shanghai in eastern China to Chengdu in south west China, reported People's Daily Online
  • Ride the Phoenix @ Knoebels in HD [video link]

    08/10/2015 4:52:57 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 8-3-15 | Knoebels
    For those in the NE who haven't made the trek to Knoebels w/ your kids, do it! Free parking, free admission. Great family getaway run by a great family who meticulously maintain their rides.
  • Need help identifying fish... Florida freshwater.

    08/10/2015 12:44:43 PM PDT · by paul544 · 75 replies
    Me | 8/15/2015 | Me
    I know Freepers are a big help in these hobby areas so I thought this would be a good place to ask. I've been fishing here in central Florida lately. Mostly in the smaller lakes and ponds that dot the landscape. I've been catching some decent fish but for the life of me can't figure out what I've caught. First I thought a small bass but the more I look online the less that seems to be the case. Is there anyone here I could email a couple of pictures to and get their input? I don't have anywhere online...
  • Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?

    08/09/2015 9:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-6-15 | Chris Heller
    Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the range. In the 1880s, a wild menace haunted the Arizona territory. It was known as the Red Ghost, and its legend grew as it roamed the high country. It trampled a woman to death in 1883. It was rumored to stand 30 feet tall. A cowboy once tried to rope the Ghost, but it turned and charged his mount, nearly killing them both. One man chased it, then claimed it disappeared right before his...
  • Grizzly Bear Blamed for Yellowstone Hiker Death

    08/08/2015 9:39:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Preliminary results of the investigation into the recent death of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park show that the man was attacked by a grizzly bear. While the exact cause of death has not been determined, investigators have identified what appear to be defensive wounds on the victim’s forearms. The victim’s body was found partially consumed and cached, or covered, in the vicinity of the Elephant Back Loop Trail near Lake Village on Friday afternoon. Based on partial tracks found at the scene, it appears that an adult female grizzly and at least one cub-of-the-year were present and likely involved...
  • Woman Makes History With 30-Mile Swim to Golden Gate Bridge

    08/08/2015 9:34:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/8 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Kimberley Chambers burst into tears as soon as she laid a hand on her crew's boat. The physical contact signaled the end of a record-breaking 30-mile swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. Chambers, a New Zealander who calls San Francisco home, made history Saturday as the first woman to complete the swim. Chambers, 38, spent 17 hours and 12 minutes in a stretch of water notorious for its great white shark population -- but didn't encounter any. "I guess they don't like Kiwis," she quipped, adding that she "slipped off the boat" instead of jumping into...
  • Why do they call it a .38 when it's actually a .357 ?

    08/08/2015 8:51:17 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 34 replies
    "The early cartridge revolvers were simply modified cap and ball designs with the chambers drilled through so you could load from the breech end, The bullet must go inside the case, and the case must go inside the chamber. So the dimensional relationship between bullet, chamber and barrel is now out of whack. If the bullet was to fit inside the case, it would have to have a smaller diameter than the bore, and that wouldn't work. This problem was temporarily solved by using what were called "heeled" bullets (see below).
  • Emergency landing baseball-sized hail storm cracked windshield

    08/08/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 32 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 8 Aug 2015 | Christer Brennen
    Said they did not realize how bad the damage was until they landed and saw the front of plane Pilots made landing with limited visibility because of major cracks in the windshield
  • How To Prepare And Cook A Rabbit. Field To Fork.

    08/08/2015 8:12:38 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    An interesting video about preparing wild rabbit for your dinner plate, from the hunt to the final prepared dish...
  • French Couple Dead After Hike in New Mexico; Child Rescued

    08/07/2015 3:07:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    KOB ^ | 8/7
    Authorities say a man and woman from France have been found dead after hiking in New Mexico's White Sands National Monument. Park rangers say a young boy was found alive and treated for heat exposure Tuesday, when the daytime temperature at the monument was 101 degrees. SNIP Park rangers were on patrol about 1 ˝ miles from the Alkali Flat trailhead when they found woman's body about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. SNIP
  • Video - "Get off the beach": Newfoundland iceberg breaks, stirs up huge waves

    08/07/2015 2:39:27 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 20 replies
    CBC News ^ | August 6, 2015 | CBC News
    An iceberg started to roll over and then broke apart, sending massive waves along the shoreline in King's Point, N.L., on Tuesday — and Jason Griffiths caught it all on camera. The iceberg at first appears to be rolling over, but loud cracks can be heard in the video. Not long after the berg starts moving, the top portion completely breaks apart and falls into the water. "Get off the beach," one of the bystanders can be heard saying on the video, as the falling ice causes massive waves. There have been a lot of iceberg sightings off King's Point,...
  • Girl Being Treated for Plague After Trip to Yosemite

    08/07/2015 1:43:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | AUG 7 2015
    A Los Angeles girl is being treated for plague which experts think she may have caught in California's Yosemite National Park. The case is generating headlines, along with two deaths from plague in Colorado, but health officials say the public should not be alarmed. While plague is unusual in the U.S. an average of seven cases are reported every year and people can die from it if they don't get treated. Most people who catch it have handled or been near rodents. California officials say they're posting extra signs cautioning people not to feed animals and to stay away from...
  • Dogs Sniffing Out Giant African Land Snails in South Florida

    08/07/2015 11:43:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Aug 6, 2015
    South Florida is full of exotic animal invaders who have found a home in our hot, humid climate. Iguanas, pythons, tegu lizards and now giant African land snails can all be found here. The snails showed up in Miami in 2011, and have now spread as far north as Davie. Despite their slow speed, these snails spread quickly because they can lay as many as 300 eggs per month, they have no natural predators here, and they eat just about everything that grows in this environment. "That includes everything we grow as food," said Mark Fagan of the Florida Department...
  • New photos suggest Lizard Man has returned to South Carolina

    08/07/2015 9:36:48 AM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    WCIV ^ | 04 Aug 2015 | WCIV
    The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon. Sarah, a Sumter woman who says she went to church with a friend Sunday morning, stepped out of the sanctuary to see the Lizard Man running along the tree line. So, she did what anyone else would do--took a picture with her phone. "My hand to God, I am not making this up," she wrote in an email to the WCIV newsroom. "So excited!" She says they were just a mile or so from Scape Ore Swamp, the site of a similar spotting of...
  • “Star Wars” Star Busted On SC Interstate

    08/06/2015 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    FitsNews ^ | June 22, 2015 | FitsNews
    CUE POD RACER JOKES … || By FITSNEWS || Jake Lloyd – the actor who portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 Star Wars’ franchise reboot The Phantom Menace – has been arrested in South Carolina after leading authorities on a high speed chase along Interstate 95. The 26-year-old actor from Fort Collins, Colorado reportedly told police his name was Jake Broadbent. Officers from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the Walterboro Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department were involved in the pursuit – during which Lloyd’s vehicle reportedly topped speeds of 100 miles per hour. The incident ended when...
  • Pilanesberg Ring Dike Complex

    08/06/2015 7:38:26 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 2 replies
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | 7/22/2015 | NASA
    While big game animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and water buffaloes draw most visitors to Pilanesberg National Park, the land these animals live on is just as compelling. Pilanesberg is located in one of the world’s largest and best preserved alkaline ring dike complexes—a rare circular feature that emerged from the subterranean plumbing of an ancient volcano. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image of the park in South Africa on June 19, 2015. Seen from above, the concentric rings of hills and valleys make a near perfect circle, with different rings composed of...
  • 70 Rotting Crocodile Heads Found Dumped in Remote Australian Town

    08/05/2015 10:54:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Up to 70 rotting crocodile heads have been found in an old freezer dumped at a remote Australian town, police said yesterday, with the culprits facing large fines and jail time if convicted of the killings. Several teenagers made the grisly find behind a row of shops at Humpty Doo, 40 kilometers outside Darwin on Sunday and contacted authorities. Police said at least 50 saltwater crocodile heads, and as many as 70, were stuffed inside. “(We saw) a deep freezer in a sad state of affairs,” senior wildlife ranger Tommy Nichols
  • 'Alaska: The Last Frontier' producers, cast face charges over hunt

    08/05/2015 11:48:13 AM PDT · by dware · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08.05.2015 | AP via Fox News
    Two cast members and a production company of the reality show "Alaska: The Last Frontier" are facing a misdemeanor charge after they reportedly used a helicopter for a black bear hunt. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Atz Lee Kilcher and his wife, Cristina Jane Kilcher, and Wilma TV Inc. have each been charged in connection with a helicopter flight and bear hunt in September 2014 near Homer.
  • GREEN ALARMISM ABOUT SUNSCREEN DEBUNKED

    08/04/2015 3:01:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 8.4.15 | Angela Logomasini
    Often spoon-fed alarmist hype by green activist groups, reporters rarely get the science right about the risks associated with trace chemicals found in consumer products. Accordingly, kudos go to the author of a piece published on Fox News (originally published on Health.com), which debunks activist-generatedmisinformation about chemicals used to make sunscreens. In the past, I have pointed out that Fox News has blindly reported misinformation pushed by greens, particularly the Environmental Working Group, so this latest report is refreshing. The story explains: [T]he skin experts Health talked to were adamant that we should be more worried about shielding our skin...
  • Italian police: The head of the Sicilian Mafia used 'sheep code' to communicate

    08/03/2015 12:37:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | Aug. 3, 2015, 9:43 AM | Barbara Tasch
    The head of the Sicilian Mafia, on the run for over 20 year, has been using "sheep code" to communicate with allies, the BBC reports. Eleven men associated with mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro were arrested recently, and according to the Italian police, Denaro communicated with them by leaving bits of papers under a rock in a field near a farm in western Sicily. The communication method called "pizzini" includes writing the messages in a secret code, according to AFP. Among the men arrested during raids across Sicily on Monday, two were over 70 years old, one of them, Vito...
  • Caterpillar chemical turns ants into bodyguards

    08/03/2015 10:38:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 3, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Arhopala japonica. Credit: Wikipedia A trio of researchers with Kobe University in Japan has found that lycaenid butterfly caterpillars of the Japanese oakblue variety, have dorsal nectary organ secretions that cause ants that eat the material to abandon their fellow ants to instead hang out with and defend the caterpillar against enemies. In their paper published in the journal Current Biology, Masaru Hojo, Naomi Pierce and Kazuki Tsuji describe their research into the relationship between the two creatures and why they believe the nature of that relationship needs to be reclassified. Scientists have studied Japanese oakblue butterflies before, noting that...