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  • Don’t Pet the Deer

    07/02/2020 1:52:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 72 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | JUN 25, 2020 | KELLYN BROWN
    I can add deer to the list of mammals I eye warily in the backcountry On a recent hike with friends near Whitefish, a deer emerged from the brush and blankly stared at us like deer often do. But instead of scampering off, like deer often do, it charged. Our group was slow to react. After all, deer are considered passive creatures. They apparently are not. The two dogs accompanying us didn’t help matters. The deer eyed both of them before deciding which one to attack first. Then the animal gave chase, pounding its hooves just feet from the canines...
  • Doorbell camera catches Coral Springs woman giving birth in a parking lot

    07/02/2020 9:28:29 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 25 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | 07/02/20 | Rebecca Schneid
    Susan Anderson remembers feeling some labor pain, but she couldn’t have imagined how surprisingly fast her daughter was born. She and her husband made the short trip from their Coral Springs home to a birthing center. She was footsteps from the center’s front door Thursday, but didn’t make it: She gave birth to her second daughter right there in the parking lot. Her baby girl, Julia Anderson, was born healthily — now with a very interesting story to tell when she gets older. “My first daughter was a normal length, I would say, about two hours of pushing. I thought...
  • Man hospitalized with ‘significant injuries’ after encounter with mother otter at Northern California national park

    07/01/2020 7:09:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ktla ^ | 06/30/2020
    The man was swimming in Manzanita Lake on June 25 when he was bitten by a female river otter, park spokesman Kevin Sweeney told The Times on Tuesday. The man was hospitalized with “significant injuries,” including scratches and puncture wounds that caused bleeding, but they did not appear to be life threatening, Sweeney said. It is unclear what prompted the incident, but officials believe that the man may have gotten too close to the female otter’s kittens, prompting her to aggressively react.
  • Pennsylvania’s ‘graffiti highway’ buried after coronavirus draws influx of crowds (Centralia Rt 61)

    06/30/2020 7:29:05 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2020 | Travis Fedshun
    An abandoned stretch of roadway that snakes through a mountainous region of Pennsylvania known as "Graffiti Highway" is now getting covered in dirt after a reported spike in crowds during the coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvania State Route 61 has been closed since 1993 due to damage from an underground mine fire in the nearby town of Centralia, about 60 miles northeast of the state capital of Harrisburg. The pavement on the roadway eventually was covered with graffiti, which then became its own tourist attraction. In recent weeks, though, as the coronavirus pandemic has swept the nation, closing schools and forcing people...
  • After Recent Cruise Line Suspensions, What's Next?

    06/30/2020 11:12:33 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 11 replies
    cruisecritic ^ | June 24, 2020 | Chris Gray Faust
    With the latest suspension of most cruise lines through September 15, cruise fans are beginning to wonder if their favorite vacation will be taking place this year -- and depression is setting in. But what many cruisers don't realize is that the final determination of the measures that cruise ships need to restart service will come from the CDC. And the government agency has yet to put those in writing. After Norwegian announced its latest suspension, a prominent market analyst blamed the CDC for bias against the cruise industry. According to MarketWatch, Instinet analyst Harry Curtis told his clients that...
  • Woman, 72, gored by bison while trying to take photo at Yellowstone National Park

    06/30/2020 9:05:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 106 replies
    ktla ^ | 06/30/2020
    She sustained multiple goring wounds and was treated by rangers before being flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further treatment. The news release said the woman approached the bison several times near her campsite at Bridge Bay Campground in northwest Wyoming before the bison charged. The attack serves as a reminder that “wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild,” the release said. Park visitors must stay 25 yards away from all large animals in the park including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, the release said. If people encounter bears and wolves they should stay 100...
  • A History of American Barbecue

    06/29/2020 12:34:48 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/29/20 | The History Guy
    Different cultures have been roasting meat over a fire since prehistory. But the practice took on special meaning in the United States. The History Guy remembers a brief history of American barbecue. Video Here.
  • These Are the Biden Rallies

    06/29/2020 3:46:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/29/20 | Jason Killmeyer
    In the recent commentary on Joe Biden’s response to the Lululemon Left’s protests in D.C. and Brooklyn, a consensus appears to have surfaced. They tell us Joe Biden is keeping the politically appropriate distance from the protesters and their acts of widespread public vandalism and violence, and his aim is to remain squarely focused on those suburban voters outside of Philly, Pittsburgh and elsewhere. There will be no mass rallies for Joe Biden this year, and that’s not because of the coronavirus. It’s because Biden can't command those types of crowds, except maybe for one or two well-hyped events in...
  • Video captures Detroit police SUV drive through crowd of protesters (smashed window, thugs on hood)

    06/29/2020 2:50:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Click on Detroit ^ | 6/28/20 | Victor Williams
    DETROIT – A violent confrontation happened Sunday night on Detroit’s southwest side. Video from the scene captured a Detroit police SUV driving through a crowd, knocking several people to the ground. The video shows the police officer revving the engine, trying to get a protester off the vehicle before pressing on the gas and accelerating through the crowd. One protester said the officer’s actions validate the protests and said the Detroit police “feels like they could do anything with impunity.” “That’s why we march,” he said. “The police feel like their badge gives them the authority to do harm and...
  • Lower Cape officials: threat of great white sharks has not changed

    06/28/2020 1:18:20 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 43 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | Jun 27, 2020 | By Doug Fraser
    Orleans Natural Resources Manager Nathan Sears said two shark attacks on seals have already been documented in the past couple of weeks; one at Nauset Beach, the town’s big oceanside beach, and one a couple of miles south at the first exit on the southern off-road trail system. Cape Cod Ocean Community co-founder Heather Doyle said the pilot network — which uses volunteer pilots who routinely fly over Cape Cod beaches to radio shark reports to people below who have received free radios supplied by her group — is bigger this year with more participants and municipal lifeguards in various...
  • BRUSH WITH DEATH Chilling footage shows massive great white shark prowling just feet from six oblivious surfers

    06/26/2020 6:37:03 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 17 replies
    The US Sun ^ | 24 June 2020 | Jamie Pyatt, Niamh Cavanagh
    The drone footage, filmed by a local teenager, shows the fearsome predator cruising amongst the group of friends in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. The kayaker warns his surfer pal whose legs are just a couple of feet from the jaws of the great white. Zachary told reporters: "We normally fly the drone to capture nature and I saw the shark and followed it and when I saw how close it had got the surfers I told my dad to go get them out of the water. "He was on his way to get them out but by then the shark...
  • This Giant Severed Wolf Head From 40,000 Years Ago Was Unearthed in Siberia

    06/26/2020 6:22:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | 26 JUNE 2020 | PETER DOCKRILL
    As our planet's permafrosts continue to melt in record-breaking heat, we can expect to find astonishing things from the ancient past. Like this huge wolf head, preserved since the last ice age and unearthed in incredible condition in Siberia in 2018, an estimated 40,000 years since being entombed in frozen wilderness. The giant head, discovered by a local man in 2018 along the shores of the Tirekhtyakh River in the Russian Republic of Sakha (aka Yakutia), measures a whole 40 centimetres in length (about 16 inches), making it unlike any existing wolf specimen scientists have studied from so long ago....
  • Giant Saharan Dust Cloud Blowing Blowing Over the Atlantic is Visible From a Million Miles Away in Space

    06/24/2020 12:44:12 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | June 24, 2020 | Tom Yulsman
    A colossal cloud of dust that rose up over the Sahara Desert in mid-June has been swept more than 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and now threatens to bring haze and health impacts to the U.S. The cloud is so prominent that it is easily seen in images of Earth acquired by the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft orbiting a million miles away. Strong updrafts in the atmosphere above the Sahara lofted huge amounts of dust on or around June 13, 2020. The cloud was then picked up by the prevailing winds and blown west out over the Atlantic...
  • Meet the two women who caught the mountain lion in San Francisco

    06/24/2020 11:11:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | June 22, 2020 | Amy Graff
    Captain Amy Corso woke up last Thursday at 1:30 a.m. to the sound of her crying toddler. Corso didn't need to get up for work until 3 a.m., but she couldn't fall back asleep because she immediately started thinking about the task ahead of her that day - tracking down a lost mountain lion in the city and capturing it. Corso is the field services supervisor for San Francisco's Animal Care & Control and in recent days she and her colleague Officer Stephanie Pone had been consumed with the wild cat prowling city streets at night. The two had been...
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix freaking out over bear encounter proves he’s one of us (video)

    06/24/2020 11:05:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Fansided ^ | 6-25-20 | Mark Powell
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ran into a bear on an electric scooter, and his response was exactly what it should have been. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix may terrify wide receivers heading across the middle, but one video should change all of that. The Dallas Cowboys safety was riding his electric scooter through a side street, and came across a disinterested opponent. Clinton-Dix is familiar with Bears — he used to play for their clan in Chicago. However, he was clearly unfamiliar with their type in the wild. On Monday night around 8:45 p.m., Clinton-Dix was hilariously caught on a security camera scooting...
  • Mountain lion captured in downtown San Francisco suspected in deaths of 3 marsupials at zoo

    06/22/2020 11:34:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-21-20 | Travis Fedschun
    A mountain lion cub that was seen roaming the streets of downtown San Francisco before being captured Thursday may have killed several marsupials at the city zoo, officials said. The 50-pound male cougar, believed to be less than 2 years old, was examined at the Oakland Zoo before California Fish and Wildlife officials released it at a wilderness preserve. But on Friday, the San Francisco Zoo revealed that three marsupials were found dead earlier in the week week at their outdoor enclosures. In a statement to KTVU, the zoo said findings suggest the deaths of two wallaroos and a red...
  • ‘I was convinced I was dead.’ Man survives grizzly attack in Henrys Lake State Park

    06/22/2020 11:00:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 45 replies ^ | 6-3-20 | Nate Eaton
    HENRYS LAKE — Gregory “Thor” Godar thought he was going to die. As the 500-pound bear slashed his back, swung him to the ground and bit his stomach, he looked into its eyes and was sure this was the end. “I said to myself, ‘Well, at least I’m getting killed by a pretty bear.’ She was very beautiful,” Godar says. How the attack happened Godar and his wife, Sherry Groves, had been hiking on the Aspen Trail at Henrys Lake State Park on Friday afternoon. The West Yellowstone, Montana, couple had hiked in this area of the park before but...
  • LETTER: Sharks contribute to Cape economic, safety crisis

    06/21/2020 4:35:33 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 22 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | June 21, 2020 | Ron Beaty
    Because of our menacing great white shark and the seal overpopulation dilemma, Cape Cod is in an ecological, public safety and economic crisis. The exploding seal population is a consequence of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, which allowed for the rapidly growing seal overpopulation. Seals attract great white sharks, which feed upon them and ferociously attack humans. We once had a thriving fishing industry, kept healthy in part by a bounty system of predator control. That ended in 1972 with the passage of the protection act, which not only lifted the bounties on fish-eating predators like seals, but placed...
  • Trump Won't Wear Mask at Tulsa Rally, Tells Attendees 'Do What They Want'

    06/20/2020 5:14:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 47 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 6/20/20 | Brendan Cole
    Ahead of his first large-scale campaign rally since the shutdown caused by the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said it is up to those attending whether or not they wear a mask as he promised a "wild evening." **SNIP** Trump defended holding the rally, telling Axios on Friday: "We have to get back to business. We have to get back to living our lives. Can't do this any longer. And I do believe it's safe. I do believe it's very safe." **SNIP** "If people want to wear masks I think that's great. I won't be. Not as a protest but I...
  • Democrats in Congress want to know why drones were surveilling protesters in Detroit, other cities

    06/19/2020 4:23:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Metro Times ^ | 6/19/20 | Steve Neavling
    Democrats in Congress are demanding answers about the use of drones to surveil protesters during rallies in Minneapolis, Detroit, and other cities. In a letter to federal law enforcement agencies, a group of 25 lawmakers, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Brenda Lawrence, called for the end of what they say is unconstitutional surveillance of law-abiding residents. “While the job of law enforcement is to protect Americans, limited actions may be necessary if a demonstration turns violent,” the letter states. “However, this authority does not grant the agencies you lead to surveil American citizens or collect vast amounts of personal information.”...