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  • Little Girl Has Tea Party With Officer, 1 Year After he Saved Her Life

    07/29/2016 3:36:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 29, 2016 | JULY 29, 2016, BY NIKKI FERLAINO
    This is the cutest thing you'll see all day -- maybe even all week. A fully uniformed police officer sitting in a tiny chair, at a tiny table, with a tiny girl -- having a tea party. Corporal Patrick Ray, 30, saved 2-year-old Bexley's life a year ago when she choked on a coin at her home in Rowlett, Texas. "Her lips were completely blue," her mother, Tammy Norvell, 41, told CNN. She called 911, and Ray was there within minutes. "I could not believe how fast he got here," Norvell said. He was able to pry Bexley's mouth open...
  • Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp

    07/29/2016 2:09:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 29, 2016 | by Tammy Webber
    In this July 6, 2016 photo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel struggle with carrying an adult alligator gar to a transportation tank at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, Miss. Alligator gar can weigh several hundred pounds and be over eight feet long. Several male and female adult alligator gar are captured in fresh water lakes and rivers and are brought to the facility so they can lay and fertilize the eggs as biologists and environmentalists are working to reintroduce the once-reviled alligator gar as a weapon against another huge species: invasive Asian carp. The gar...
  • Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp [Alligator Gar]

    07/29/2016 7:24:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    AP ^ | July 29, 2016 | Staff
    It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago. Persecuted by anglers and deprived of places to spawn, the alligator gar — with a head that resembles an alligator and two rows of needlelike teeth — survived primarily in southern states in the tributaries of Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico after being declared extinct in several states farther north. To many, it was a freak, a "trash fish"...
  • Ex-wife of treasure hunter says Colorado man died chasing 'hoax'

    07/28/2016 7:23:27 AM PDT · by dware · 14 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 07.27.2016 | AP via KJCT8
    The ex-wife of a man who died while searching for a cache of gold and jewels says she believe he lost his life chasing a hoax. Linda Bilyeu told The Albuquerque Journal she's disappointed that Randy Bilyeu, the father of her two daughters, died while searching for treasure Santa Fe author Forrest Fenn says he's hidden in the Rocky Mountain region. Although 54-year-old Bilyeu was reported missing in January, his remains weren't found until July. Bilyeu was visiting Santa Fe from Broomfield, Colorado, to search for Fenn's antique treasure chest. It's said to contain more than $1 million worth of...
  • Warren Sapp OK After Being Bitten by shark While on Lobstering Trip

    07/27/2016 11:24:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/27/16 | James Quintong
    Twitter Pinterest Email print comment Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp found himself battling a shark while on a lobstering charter boat off the Florida Keys on Wednesday. While Sapp was going for a lobster, the shark got a piece of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star's left forearm. "He was lobstering with me, and a shark bit Sapp, while he was grabbing the lobster. He's OK," charter captain Jack Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times. The Instagram account of Carlson's boat, Two Conchs, posted a photo of Sapp's gash (warning: graphic image).
  • Missouri girl finds 1.53-carat white diamond at Crater of Diamonds

    07/27/2016 3:36:26 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    txktoday ^ | 27 July 2016 | Field Walsh
    ...Grace wants to be a geologist when she grows up, and her family has encouraged the pursuit of her passion. They began planning a visit to the Crater of Diamonds about six months ago and surprised Grace with the news a few days before leaving for Arkansas. After an exciting diamond find, this family vacation turned out to be one that Grace will never forget...
  • VIDEO: A one-armed Australian robot can build a house four times quicker than a brickie

    07/27/2016 2:19:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    www.businessinsider.com.au ^ | Jul 27, 2016, 1:25 PM | Chris Pash
    Building a house by robot. Image: Supplied. ========================================================================================================================= Fastbrick Robotics, an ASX-listed company based in Perth, has created a robot brick layer, a form of 3D printing which can create the shell of a house without being touched by human hands. The Hadrian 105 robot, named after the Roman emperor who built a wall in ancient Britain, has hit a bricklaying speed of 225 standard brick equivalents per hour, or about half a day’s work for a top human bricklayer. To prove it, the company released a time lapse video, showing the robot at work. Here’s the robot, doing everything...
  • Eight Hikers Stranded Inside Soberanes Fire Lines Rescued

    07/27/2016 12:41:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/26 | Ian Cull
    Eight men were rescued Tuesday from the fire lines on the south side of the Soberanes fire burning near Big Sur. Cal Fire said the men went hiking five days ago and became lost with little water or food. Once the fire flared up over the weekend, the men said they were stranded and didn't know which direction would lead them to safety. Bulldozing crews spotted the men Tuesday, and Cal Fire used air support to locate them. "Air attack did locate them initially," said Cal Fire's Kevin Bohall. "Once we found that, we used a global positioning unit, got...
  • Hundreds of cans of Miller Genuine Draft pour onto Denver interstate after recycling truck crashes

    07/25/2016 7:16:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 21 - 22, 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A truck taking expired beer to a recycling plant crashed on a Denver highway leaving cans strewn across several lanes during rush hour. The semitrailer was hauling Miller Genuine Draft when it almost careered off the overpass from Interstate 70 onto the I-25 below. With the truck left on its side and roof ripped open, hundreds of beer cans then spilled over onto express lanes following the accident at around 6pm yesterday. The Denver Police Department said there were no injuries, according to Fox 31. A front-end loader was used to clear the beer debris on the eastbound I-70 ramp...
  • Rare wolverine turns up again near Truckee, same as one spotted in 2008

    07/24/2016 9:09:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Sierra Sun ^ | Kaleb M. Roedel
    Back in January, the Sagehen Creek Field Station sent the California Department of Fish and Wildlife a photo of peculiar-looking animal tracks imprinted in the snow in the Tahoe National Forest. Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, instantly recognized the rarely seen paw prints. “They were definitely wolverine tracks,” said Stermer, whose assurance was later confirmed when remote cameras he placed in the area captured the small predator on film. Indeed, it appears the male wolverine first spotted north of Truckee in 2008 is alive and well. The wolverine detected eight years ago...
  • Scientists capture rare images of wolverine in Sierra Nevada

    07/24/2016 2:46:09 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    telegram.com ^ | 14 July 2016
    They believe the wolverine is the same one that eight years ago became the first documented in the area since the 1920s.... "When you see them on video, a wolverine is a pretty exciting species to have in California," Stermer said. "With the population we have in California, thinking that we can have a wild wolverine amongst us is pretty amazing. It really begins to restore our larger carnivores back in California."...
  • Dancing Mouse & Forever

    07/24/2016 1:23:16 PM PDT · by Revski
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 7/24/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Animated, mouse in this video is a desert, big eared, Jerboa mouse of Mongolia and more.
  • Portland researchers are trying to rebuild Massachusetts’ loon population

    07/24/2016 12:10:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    “All we need to do is establish one pair,” Evers said. “Once that one pair is established and once that pair produces young, and those young come back, and they start to establish territories, then you’ve got some brooding that can start from that little seed.” However, common loons can be slow to recover because they don’t breed until they are several years old. “Loons depend on high-quality habitat without certain types of disturbance,” said Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Sealander camper, yes or no?

    It can sleep three reasonably comfortably and it's highly customizable. The only thing that might be a disadvantage is that it's not made for deep ocean or turbulent waves. But I thin it would be good to take a half dozen people into the middle of a large lake or ocean bay and just spend the day relaxing in the sun or diving into the water.
  • What is it like to fire a Daisy BB gun?

    07/22/2016 6:37:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 100 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 6/17/2016 | Komissar al-Blogunov
    What's it like to fire a Daisy BB gun? It's an experience I'll never forget. Everybody knows BB guns are scary looking and ought to be banned, but I thought I would try to shoot one without any preconceived notions. What I encountered changed me forever. I took a deep breath and determined to enter a Wal-Mart. A "greeter" met me with, "Howdy, welcome to Wal-Mart." I'm from the north. We don't say "Howdy". I sneer back at the microaggression and strain to hold back tears of rage. Barely controlling myself, I asked where I could find a BB gun....
  • Kepler confirms more than 100 planets in single trove

    07/18/2016 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 18, 2016 | Provided by: W. M. Keck Observatory
    Image montage showing the Maunakea Observatories, Kepler Space Telescope, and night sky with K2 Fields and discovered planetary systems (dots) overlaid. An international team of scientists discovered more than 100 planets based on images from Kepler operating in the 'K2 Mission'. The team confirmed and characterized the planets using a suite of telescopes worldwide, including four on Maunakea (the twin telescopes of Keck Observatory, the Gemini­North Telescope, and the Infrared Telescope Facility). The planet image on the right is an artist's impression of a representative planet. Credit: Karen Teramura (UHIfA) based on night sky image of the ecliptic plane by...
  • Orchid or demon: Flower of a new species of orchid looks like a devil's head

    07/17/2016 6:26:09 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 26 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 7/16/2016 | Pensoft Publishers
    A lone and unique population of about 30 reddish to dark violet-maroon orchids grows on the small patch of land between the borders of two Colombian departments. However, its extremely small habitat is far from the only striking thing about the new species. A closer look at its flowers' heart reveals what appears to be a devil's head. Named after its demonic patterns, the new orchid species, Telipogon diabolicus, is described in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Discovered by Dr Marta Kolanowska and Prof Dariusz Szlachetko, both affiliated with University of Gdansk, Poland, together with Dr Ramiro Medina Trejo, Colombia,...
  • 9-year-old breaks Md. fishing record

    07/16/2016 8:47:48 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 24 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 11 July 2016 | Sarah Beth Hensley
    The cobia measured 66.5 inches long. The fish dwarfed its captor — 52-inch-tall Emma. (Courtesy Maryland Department of Natural Resources) WASHINGTON — A new Maryland fishing record was set last month by an unlikely master angler: a 9-year-old girl. Emma Zajdel, a 9-year-old from Ocean City, caught a 94.6-pound cobia near Little Gull Shoals about a mile and a half east of Assateague Island on June 30, Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed Monday. The record shattered the 79-pound state record set in 2014. Emma and her father, Ed, were fishing with friends hoping to catch some bluefish in the...
  • France Horror.Got To Wonder.What Can Obama Say?,He Has Run Out Of Lame Excuses.

    07/15/2016 4:54:09 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 78 replies
    If the President has ever been backed into a corner regarding a terror attack,we are at that point. Obama can't blame Republicans,Guns,Global Warming,The fact that a victim looks like his son,there were no "Stupid Cops" at the scene,Can't blame congress,senate and typical white people,can't blame Trump or Bush , and the infamous:"Income Inequality". Should be interesting to watch the next Obama Speech trying to explain what happened in France last night.
  • Tears of the Sun--The gold rush at 17,000ft in the Andes

    07/15/2016 1:58:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 12 replies
    THE NEW YORKER | APRIL 20, 2015 | BY WILLIAM FINNEGAN
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/20/tears-of-the-sunCan only post the URL.... Great read about gold mining in the Peruvian Andes mountains.They use mercury to extract the gold from the ore and the mining is mostly informal as in unregulated. Mining is done by individuals and small operations.
  • Queen Hillary Chooses Joy Behar To Be King

    07/14/2016 11:45:38 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 6 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 7/14/2016 | blueunicorn6
    It's official! Sources from inside the Queen Hillary camp leaked today! After they were done relieving themselves, they also let a secret slip out. But then, isn't Queen Hillary known for letting secrets slip out? Queen Hillary has selected Joy Behar to be our King! Queen Hillary said, "I wanted a man who is a loud-mouthed idiot with a moustache and that narrowed it down to Joy Behar though I did look at Ruth Ginsburg, too." Queen Hillary also announced drug king Joaquin Guzman as her selection for Attorney General. "He understands my way of doing business", the Queen said....
  • Fish bra: The latest internet trend that has women anglers going topless

    07/13/2016 7:43:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/12/16 | Mariah Medina, San Antonio Express-News
    The "hand bra," "hair bra," and likely even the Victoria Secret bra have taken a backseat to a new social media trend some women who fish have indirectly started — the fish bra. The latest trend has garnered enough photos to start a growing Instagram album, @Fishbras, of women posing with fish in a manner that covers the woman's breasts with her respective catch.
  • Now hold still and don't be a scaredy cat! Extraordinary moment cub pulls a (Shortened)

    07/11/2016 9:47:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | July 11, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    This is the remarkable moment a young lion cub tries to save his companion from being tranquilised by attempting to pull a dart out of her body.
  • Occasional birdy thread (Dedicated to the memory of Swampsniper)

    07/08/2016 3:58:15 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 54 replies
    Photos | July 8, 2016 | FReepers
    Enjoy a respite from the sad goings on of the day. Please post and share your pics of birds, nature, anything the Good Lord has created. Remembering Swampsniper....may you rest easy, good man. -------------- Mr Limpkin shared a sun rise with me. There's got to a snail here somewhere! Who are all these strangers invading my territory? Oh deer!
  • Video: Why Dry Firing a Bow is a Bad Idea

    07/01/2016 10:58:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Outdoor ^ | 6/23/16 | Daniel Xu
    Video: Why Dry Firing a Bow is a Bad Idea BY: Daniel Xu + POSTED: 6/23/16 bowbroke623 213 Shares How many times have you heard that dry firing a bow is a bad idea? Odds are, you have already been lectured once or twice about this before, and for good reason. Bows should always be used with an arrow, and skipping this vital component could lead to a dangerous scenario. While dry firing a compound bow may seem relatively harmless, it could result in catastrophic damage to your hunting tool, and sometimes even injury to the user. Basically, one of...
  • EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Country Rapper Smo Drops His New Pro-2A Anthem “We the People”

    07/01/2016 10:49:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Outdoor ^ | 7/1/16
    It’s not everyday you see an artist speaking positively about our Second Amendment rights. That’s what makes Smo’s new song “We the People” so refreshing. Smo, the country rapper famous for “Kickin’ It In Tennessee” and “American Made“, released a fiery new track for the 4th of July. The powerful song “We the People” bemoans the state of our country and the erosion of our rights and liberties. The track is a departure from his previous lighthearted songs that focused more on muddin’ than political revolution. It’s great to see an artist standing behind his beliefs, especially when so many...
  • Thief Punches Oldest Full-Time Park Ranger, Steals Coin Given to Her by President Obama

    06/30/2016 7:25:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/30 | Lisa Fernandez
    President Obama has said he will send the 94-year-old a replacement coin, according to her bossA thief broke into the home of the nation's oldest full-time park ranger, punched her and stole a special coin given to her by President Barack Obama when she was honored before Christmas in Washington, D.C., according to police in Richmond, California. But it seems the president will soon send her a replacement coin, according to Betty Reid Soskin's boss at the National Park Service. An unknown assailant broke into the 94-year-old's second-floor apartment about midnight on Monday, punched her several times and dragged her...
  • President Lincoln Creates Yosemite Park, June 30, 1864

    06/30/2016 9:27:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/30/16 | ANDREW GLASS
    On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation giving the Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California “upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort and recreation.” Championed by Sen. John Conness (R-Calif.), the so-called Yosemite Grant included the first parkland the federal government ever set aside for preservation and public use. It set a precedent for the creation of Yellowstone as the nation’s first national park in 1872. The legislation to bar commercial development in the park was drafted with the aid of the...
  • Sheriff: Grizzly kills person near Glacier National Park

    06/29/2016 7:51:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2016
    KALISPELL, Mont. – Montana authorities say a grizzly bear attacked and killed a bicyclist riding in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told The Associated Press the person was killed Wednesday afternoon about a mile from the West Glacier KOA campground.
  • Thirty Minutes Of Nature A Week Reduces High Blood Pressure And Depression

    06/29/2016 1:27:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | Christina Procopiou
    Odds are if you’re reading this, you reside in a city. More than half the world’s people — or just about 3.5 billion — now live in urban areas. That number is expected to swell to 5 billion by mid-century, according to the World Health Organization. A new study shows that while you can take the people away from nature, it’s a bad idea to take nature away from the people. University of Queensland researchers are among the first to advise how often and how intimately city dwellers need to engage with nature for it to make them healthier. Some...
  • The Insider Q&A: Yosemite National Park Ranger John Rollins

    06/28/2016 1:28:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Paste Magazine ^ | JUNE 27, 2016 | Lauren Spiler
    “The Insider” column is a behind-the-curtain, day-in-the-life series about the people who make traveling easier for the rest of us. These industry stalwarts make it possible for us to create our own memories. A U.S. Marine and a former Interpretation Park Ranger at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, John Rollins discusses everyday life as a park ranger. After graduating from Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at The University of Georgia, Rollins embarked on a two-year journey that left him with a lifetime of memories that continually shapes his life. Yosemite was formed by glaciation, the process of...
  • Welcome to Yosemite, Sponsored by Nike?

    06/28/2016 1:20:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Columbia Missourian ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | JILL RICHARDSON
    Imagine painstakingly making up your way up the cables of Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome peak — only to see swooshes and slogans encouraging you to “Just Do It.” “Welcome to Half Dome,” a gleaming banner greets you, “sponsored by Nike.” Unfortunately, it’s a possibility. As the coverage swells over Barack and Michelle Obama’s recent visit to Yosemite and Carlsbad Caverns, Americans are learning that national parks will now start selling naming rights. advertisement The parks are facing a hefty budget shortfall, so they’re turning to corporations — who are apparently more generous with cash than the current Congress....
  • Two Hikers Who Hoped to Complete a Trek to the Chris McCandless Bus Ended up Being Rescued

    06/28/2016 11:40:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 6/27/2016 | Jerzy Shedlock
    Two hikers who trekked their way to the abandoned bus made infamous by Chris McCandless, and then failed to make it back from their planned trip on time, were located safe and unhurt following air and ground searches, according to the National Park Service. On Saturday, search efforts began to find Michael Trigg, 25, of Lexington, South Carolina, and Theodore "Ted" Aslund, 27, of Atlanta, Georgia. Based on Facebook posts, the men planned a dayslong trip along the west side of Teklanika River. Their destination was an abandoned Fairbanks Transit bus. It's parked on a clearing along Stampede Trail, near...
  • Mutual Rescue™: Eric & Peety – Short Film [Probably Need a Tissue or two--6:25 minutes]

    06/28/2016 11:28:55 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | February 14, 2016 | Mutual Rescue
    Video Link"Six years ago, Eric weighed 340 pounds and was diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type II Diabetes. His doctor told him he had 5 years to live. Then he met Peety—and everything changed..."
  • Canine Companion Saves Man From Charging Moose

    06/28/2016 11:00:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KTUU ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Caslon Hatch
    Every dog has its day. For Terry Kasper’s mixed lab, Ella, that day came early one May morning. “I thought my dog had an upset stomach, so about two in the morning I took her outside,” said Kasper outside his South Anchorage home Thursday afternoon. Terry said it was last month, two days after Mother’s Day, when he took Ella out for a routine walk down Dailey Drive. “All of a sudden, you hear the crashing right beside the house near the trees and there she is, full speed,” said Kasper. Kasper came face to face with Alaska wildlife right...
  • Pedals the bipedal bear sighting. (video) (just strolling around the yard)

    06/26/2016 9:16:35 PM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    NJ.com Account on : youtube ^ | Published on June 22, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk-HHyGRSRwJust out for a stroll on a sunny afternoon. "Where is that damn beehive I wanted to raid? I could swear these humans had one"
  • Man’s Heirs To Destroy $5 Million In Guns and Ammo

    06/23/2016 2:26:43 PM PDT · by dennisw · 43 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2016/06/23/ | AWR Hawkins
    The heirs of 60-year-old Jeffry Lash plan to destroy a stockpile of $5 million in guns and ammunition discovered after his death in Pacific Palisades last year. Family members intend to destroy the guns to show their disapproval of “gun violence.” Lash was discovered dead in an SUV in the summer of 2015. Breitbart News reported that as Lash approached death, he told various women he was suffering side effects from poisonous agents to which he had allegedly been exposed while working for the CIA. In truth, he had cancer. According to ABC 7, “Police said Lash stockpiled more than...
  • Badass woman tackles a 6 foot snake

    06/23/2016 12:28:12 PM PDT · by fella · 35 replies
    SNAKE!
  • More Great White Sharks Spotted in Santa Cruz

    06/23/2016 12:22:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/23 | Marianne Favro
    More great white sharks have been spotted in Santa Cruz this week. The beaches in the area were packed Wednesday despite marine biologists seeing more sharks just off the shore. "We saw a few white sharks, probably 10 sharks," said David Ebert with the Pacific Shark Research Center. "They were mostly five to eight feet, and a couple were 10 to 12 feet." Wednesday's sightings come on the heels of another sighting off the Santa Cruz wharf late Saturday when a lifeguard and a swimmer spotted a white shark about 250 yards off Cowell Beach. Dozens of people were in...
  • Photo Shows Possible Rare Gray Wolf Sighting in Northern California

    06/23/2016 12:21:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Wildlife experts are keeping their fingers crossed this morning. They are hoping new evidence proves a wolf is living in Northern California. The information, which is not yet conclusive, shows photos from four trail cameras in Lassen County. Wildlife experts aren't sure if it's a wolf, dog, or wolf-dog hybrid. Gray wolves are native to California but were driven extinction in the state by the mid-1920's.
  • No signs of Zika or West Nile in Cochise County so far

    06/20/2016 3:40:00 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Andrew Paxton
    SIERRA VISTA — Cochise County has not seen a case of either the Zika or West Nile virus this season, but conditions will soon be changing which will bring more chances for mosquitos to flourish, and health officials are responding. County health officials have been trapping mosquitoes and sending them to state labs for testing, which have so far yielded no positive cases, said county Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Elizabeth Lueck. “The main point here is that right now, we don’t have Zika or West Nile in Cochise County,” she
  • Experts only beginning to grasp the damage from Zika virus

    06/20/2016 1:51:47 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 3:49 PM EDT | MICHAEL ASTOR
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the damage the mosquito-borne virus can do. Doctors speaking at a U.N. meeting on Global Health Crises said Monday that the Zika virus has already affected 60 countries on four continents, and a major outbreak on the Atlantic Ocean island nation of Cape Verde suggests the disease is now poised to enter continental Africa. Zika has already become epidemic in Latin...
  • Report: Killings of environmentalists up 60 percent in 2015

    06/20/2016 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:42 PM EDT | Stan Lehman
    A London-based advocacy group said Monday it documented 185 killings of environmental activists around the world last year, nearly 60 percent more than in 2014 and the highest since it began collecting data dating back to 2002. In a newly released report, Global Witness said Brazil topped the 16-country list with 50 environmental defenders slain in 2015, followed by the Philippines with 33 and Colombia with 26. The group says 116 were slain worldwide in 2014. Last year “was the deadliest year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders — people struggling to protect their land, forests and...
  • Clemson's first harvest of ancient Southern wheat exceeds expectations

    06/20/2016 10:37:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    phys.org ^ | 06-20-2016 | by Jim Melvin & Provided by: Clemson University
    Clemson University scientist Brian Ward and his team harvested about 145 pounds of Purple Straw seed, which was grown from less than half a pound. Credit: Scott Miller / Clemson University ================================================================================================= The first step of an ongoing-process designed to bring a valuable heirloom wheat back from the brink of extinction has been completed with flying colors. Last month, Clemson University scientist Brian Ward and his team harvested about 145 pounds of Purple Straw seed, which was grown from less than half a pound. Purple Straw is the only heirloom wheat to have been cultivated continually in the South from...
  • Why are there so many black bears sightings in Upstate NY lately?

    06/19/2016 10:05:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    Syracuse ^ | June 14, 2016 | David Figura
    Black bears here, black bears there – black bears everywhere. It does seem that way recently as reports of bears roaming Upstate New York appear to be on the rise. ... this time last year, the DEC's Cortland office received about 10 bear-related calls. This year, there has been 32. We've reached a point where all of (Upstate New York) is bear habitat.
  • Human flesh found inside bear after fatal attacks in Japan

    06/19/2016 9:26:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    ITV Report ^ | 14 June 2016
    Human flesh and hair have been found inside the stomach of a bear thought to have killed at least one person in Japan. Locals have been warned to stay away from the mountainous Akita region after the body of a badly mauled woman was found last week. Last month three men in their sixties and seventies also died in apparent attacks while harvesting bamboo in a mountain forest. Bear attacks on humans in the region are not unusual - but fatal ones are. Local vet Takeshi Komatsu said it was possible the bear may have "got a taste for human...
  • Geocaching, Anyone?

    06/19/2016 7:52:22 AM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 49 replies
    Lisa
    Hi FRiends. I started Geocaching this week; downloaded the app and bought a 3 month membership. Looked for 6 hides in the last few days and DNF any but I'm rather hooked! LOL. Anybody else got the bug? I thought this might be fun to do with grandbabies but ohmylanta! are the ones around here tricky! In Roanoke VA for another few weeks visiting, then back up to Yankee country. So looking forward to finding something and hoping I don't screw up the hide! :) I'd really like to hear any other experiences anyone has had. I don't know anyone...
  • Obama's family trip intended to put focus on national parks

    06/18/2016 11:46:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama wants more people to appreciate and visit America’s national parks as the park system nears its 100th birthday. […] The president plans a speech at Yosemite on Saturday, and he’s expected to highlight the economic benefits of the 400-plus sites managed by the National Park Service. Obama also is expected to discuss climate change and other threats to the park system, and highlight programs to encourage more people to visit parks. …
  • Mother saves son from mauling by mountain lion in Colorado

    06/18/2016 7:28:12 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 56 replies
    yahoo ^ | 18 June 2016 | Brendan O'Brien
    The woman "was able to physically remove her son from the mountain lion" and the boy's father called 911 as he drove his son to hospital, the sheriff added. A hospital spokeswoman said the child sustained injuries to his face, head and neck and was in fair condition. His mother was treated for injuries to her hands and legs and released.
  • Why I Enjoy Firearms...My Better Self

    06/16/2016 4:52:48 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 16 replies
    Self | 06/16/16 | GRRRRR
    Why do I Enjoy Firearms? The South Carolina Chapter held a raffle. I never win raffles, however, I still contributed to the cause. I won a Rem 700 n .270. Yeah, no kidding. Upon returning home, I completed a transfer request per IL law. A week later I was at a range all by myself with a cardboard box. I asked for help and instruction and spent the rest of the day shooting. Over the next few months I spent every Sat AM out there. I took additional classes from a great family team consisting of an ex Chicago cop...