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  • Croc! Croc! Croc!' The terrifying moment pig hunters open fire on a giant crocodile...

    10/19/2017 4:58:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th October 2017 | Brooke Rolfe
    Head-to-toe camouflage proved an inadequate disguise for two pig hunters attempting to cross a crocodile infested creek in Australia's Northern Territory. Alarming helmet camera footage shows the armed duo trudging through shallow water before a monster croc comes charging towards them from just metres away. As the giant animal bounds closer to the men, one can be heard yelling 'croc, croc, croc' while the other makes a swift dash away from the water. The hunter filming the event then unleashes fire on the huge reptile, aiming his shots directly towards the crocodile's head.
  • Safari West owner had ‘a thousand souls’ to save from Tubbs fire

    10/11/2017 11:58:33 PM PDT · by Califreak · 16 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 10/10/17 | Paul Payne
    Peter Lang had a heart-wrenching choice — save his house in the fire-ravaged hills above Santa Rosa or protect the more than 1,000 animals trapped at his wildlife preserve, Safari West. The 77-year-old owner of the 400-acre facility on Porter Creek Road didn’t give it much thought. As the flames approached, Lang ushered his wife, employees and 30 overnight guests off the hill, grabbed a garden hose and began dousing hot spots threatening his collection of primarily African species, including cheetahs, giraffes and rhinoceroses. When dawn broke, they were all alive but Lang’s home was destroyed. “I did not lose...
  • Wolves ate hiker after her frantic phone call, coroner says

    09/27/2017 10:40:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | September 27, 2017 | By COSTAS KANTOURIS
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A missing British hiker whose dismembered, fleshless remains were found in the hills of northern Greece was probably attacked by wolves while walking alone on a remote path, then torn apart and devoured, a Greek coroner said after an autopsy Wednesday. Coroner Nikos Kifnidis told the Associated Press that both the woman’s thigh bones had been cracked open by bites and large sections of her body are still missing. He said a veterinarian at Wednesday’s autopsy in the town of Komotini confirmed that no dog or jackal could have administered such bites.
  • Zinke Signs Secretarial Order to Expand Land Access and Enhance Conservation

    09/20/2017 8:03:24 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 40 replies
    On Fri., Sept. 15, Secretary of the Interior (SOI) Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356, continuing the Department of Interior’s (DOI) efforts to support sportsmen and women and enhance conservation stewardship. The order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing and puts a greater emphasis on the promoting outdoor activities among youth, veterans and minority communities. -----SNIP----- As noted in the DOI press release, SO 3356 directs bureaus within the department to: 1. Within 120 days produce a plan to expand access for hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and...
  • Trump inches toward drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge for first time in 30 years(OH NOES!)

    09/18/2017 10:04:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    libertyunyielding.com ^ | 9/17/2017 | staff
    President Donald Trump is moving toward allowing energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the first time in several decades, according to a report Friday from The Washington Post. Interior Department officials are modifying decades-old regulations that have traditionally prevented the agency from conducting seismic studies seen as the first step towards drilling, the report notes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director James W. Kurth told the agency’s Alaska regional director to strike constraints on a rule that allowed exploratory drilling between 1984 and 1986, the last time drilling was allowed in the ANWR, according to a...
  • Another Bear Spray Failure: Bow Hunter Mauled – WARNING Graphic Images

    09/14/2017 4:22:05 PM PDT · by marktwain · 61 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Another case of bear spray failure occurred in Montana on September 4th at about 8 a.m.  A grizzly bear charged through bear spray to get at Tom Sommers.Sommers and his partner Dan were bow hunting for elk when they saw the bear about 30 feet away.  Dan put out a cloud of spray, but the bear charged through it.Sommers was unable to get the safety off his spray can and dropped it as the bear closed with him. He then accessed a pistol, but was unable to shoot before the bear swatted his hand down. As the bear attacked...
  • ‘Island Of Fire Ants’ Discovered In Houston Flooding

    08/28/2017 10:38:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 131 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | August 27, 2017 10:41 PM
    One danger evacuees and first responders are dealing with along with the flooding in Houston is fire ants. Islands of fire ants! CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca tweeted a photo from Houston as the ants formed a protective island in the high water. According to Orkin.com, fire ants can exist in colonies of up to 250,000 workers and will sting intruders repeatedly. Fire ants feed on animal or vegetable sources of food according to the web site. No reports yet of anyone getting bitten by fire ants. Tropical Storm Harvey continues to head back toward the Gulf of Mexico at...
  • Gator Country has more than 350 alligators outside - and it's flooding

    08/28/2017 12:21:10 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 48 replies
    KFDM Beaumont ^ | 8-28-2017 | Brandon Scott|
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Gator Country has more than 350 alligators just on the outside part of its facility on FM 365 in Beaumont. There's even more on the inside. But it's flooding extensively. KFDM/Fox 4 reporter James Ware was at Gator Country on Monday morning. Owner Gary Saurage told him that more than a foot of water was inside parts of the building. In 12 years at the FM 365 locations, Saurage has never seen flooding like this. "We're less than a foot a foot from (water) going over the fences," Saurage said. "All of these are certified, high...
  • Grizzly bears go vegetarian due to climate change, choosing berries over salmon

    08/26/2017 7:46:11 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 86 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/25/17 | Victoria Ward
    Grizzly bears have stopped eating salmon in favour of elderberries after being forced to make a choice due to climate change. Warming temperatures meant that the berries are ripening earlier than usual, at exactly the same time as the freshwater streams on Alaska’s Kodiak Island are overflowing with sockeye salmon. The island's brown bears typically feed first on salmon in early summer, followed by elderberries later in the season, in late August and September. “What you have is a scrambling of the schedule," said William Deacy, a biologist at Oregon State University that studied the phenomenon. "It's essentially like if...
  • Officials: Fleas in Two Arizona Counties Tested Positive for the Plague

    08/17/2017 6:51:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Fleas in two Arizona counties tested positive for the Bubonic plague — the same disease that killed millions of people in the 14th century throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe, public health officials say. Navajo County public health officials announced Friday that fleas collected near the town of Taylor tested positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the Bubonic plague, the Associated Press reports. The announcement came one week after Coconino County officials first discovered fleas in the area found to be carrying the plague. KNXV reports that Coconino County officials first discovered the plague-infested fleas in the Red Lake...
  • Fleas test positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

    08/14/2017 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.azfamily.com ^ | Updated: Aug 14, 2017 3:30 AM CST | Staff
    TAYLOR, Ariz. (3TV/CBS5) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions after a second Arizona county in two weeks confirmed that fleas in the area have tested positive for plague. The announcement by Navajo County Public Health officials on Friday comes one week after Coconino County officials found prairie dogs in the area to be carrying fleas with the plague -- the infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages. The fleas in Navajo County were found near the town of Taylor. Health officials have notified the residents whose property will be treated. The area...
  • Rare White Moose Caught on Camera in Sweden

    08/14/2017 1:58:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 14, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    A Swedish man who spotted a rare white moose returned the next day and managed to capture video of the creature taking a dip in a local lake. Hans Nilsson said he has been trying to catch a glimpse of the rumored white moose -- sometimes known as an elk in Sweden -- in the Eda region for several years, but he never actually found one until last week. Nilsson posted a video to Facebook showing his second encounter with the alabaster moose, one day after his original sighting. "This white elk bull is local to the area. I saw...
  • Rare White Moose Captured on Film in Sweden

    08/14/2017 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Demiurge2 · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/13/17 | BBC
    One of the just 100 white moose in Sweden has been filmed in the Varmland region. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-40918494/rare-white-moose-captured-on-film-in-sweden
  • Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant

    08/11/2017 7:29:15 AM PDT · by Bratch · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Aug 2017 | AFP
    New Delhi (AFP) – India’s top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. The government has turned to sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday to hunt the animal who crushed four victims in the eastern state of Bihar in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more. Jharkhand’s chief forest and wildlife conservator L.R. Singh said the decision to kill the animal was made after a team failed to tranquilise and capture the elephant during a week-long mission. Singh...
  • Lawmaker Says Rats Are Jumping Into Strollers In Upper West Side Parks [video at link]

    08/09/2017 11:52:07 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 99 replies
    WCBS New York ^ | 9 Aug 2017 | John Montone
    Hungry rodents are apparently menacing parents, nannies and babies on the Upper West Side. There are about 2 million rats in New York City, and some have settled in Central Park and Riverside Park.
  • Bullets alone can't solve Alabama's feral hog problem

    08/07/2017 2:04:50 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 62 replies
    AL.com ^ | Aug 6 , 2017 | Dennis Pillion
    Wild pigs are perhaps the most destructive invasive species in the United States, causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damages every year to crops and property across the country, uprooting farmers' fields, degrading water quality and out-competing native wildlife for food. In the latest installment of AL.com's series on invasive species, we examine the feral hog, one of the costliest non-native species in Alabama, and what landowners and wildlife officials can do to keep their populations under control.
  • Zinke to relax Obama-era rules on sage grouse

    08/07/2017 11:32:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday announced the federal government will relax Obama-era rules designed to protect the imperiled sage grouse, saying the administration will offer states flexibility in how they choose to protect the bird and also will loosen restrictions on energy development in sage grouse habitat. In a statement issued in response to a lengthy report from Interior’s sage grouse review team, Mr. Zinke said the recommendations will go into effect immediately.
  • Desert tortoises can't take the heat of roadside fencing

    08/06/2017 7:28:33 AM PDT · by Openurmind · 28 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/5/17 | Science Daily
    Date:August 5, 2017 Source:University of California - Davis Desert tortoises pace back and forth and can overheat by roadside fencing meant to help them, according to a study published in the journal Biological Conservation by the University of California, Davis, and the University of Georgia.
  • Skunk in bed: Connecticut boy gets stinky wakeup

    08/05/2017 2:44:06 PM PDT · by McGruff · 29 replies
    AP News ^ | 8/5/2017
    A Connecticut boy got an unpleasant surprise when he awoke to find a skunk in his bed. Hamden Police say the 13-year-old was awoken in his upstairs bedroom by the skunk, which had climbed into bed with him. Police say the skunk apparently got into the home when it climbed through a hole in a trash can and a resident brought the can inside. It’s not clear how the skunk found its way into the boy’s bed, but no one was happy about the outcome. Hamden Animal Control Division responded to a call about at 6 a.m. on July 25....
  • Birders fear loss of habitat to Obama Center, Jackson Park golf course development

    08/05/2017 8:31:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5 Aug 2017 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    At a recent community forum to discuss plans for the Obama Presidential Center, Karin Droegemueller stepped up to the microphone and introduced herself as an "angry birder." She is among a flock of birders who fear that the proposed $30 million Tiger Woods golf course and expanded driving range tied to the development of the Obama Center will ward off the millions of migratory birds that stop in Jackson Park, and displace the nearly 300 species that have helped make the park a favorite Chicago birding destination... But not all open land is equal, they say. A manicured golf course...