A video of two adult male black bears fighting in a suburban New Jersey neighborhood has nearly 430,000 views on YouTube. Purportedly shot by a resident from inside his vehicle Aug. 14, the video shows the two bruins duking it out on a residential Rockaway street for more than 6 minutes. UPI.
A U.S. Forest Service office has issued an official statement suggesting that using smartphones to take "selfies" with black bears congregating to feed on kokanee salmon at the popular Taylor Creek Center in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. may be a bad idea. "We've had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a 'selfie' photo," said Lisa Herron from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Reno Journal Gazette.
An inmate who escaped custody after being transported from the Muscatine (Iowa) County Jail to Trinity Muscatine Hospital was captured two days later after he phoned the Rock Island County (Illinois) Sheriff's Office dispatch and used a false name to report he was being chased by a pack of coyotes. Daniel Rice, 21, is back in jail, and has been charged with an additional Class D felony for his escape. Muscatine Journal.
It was revealed today in a Columbus Dispatch article that a deer at an Ohio hunting preserve tested positive for chronic wasting disease. That facility and 42 others across the state, including several in Holmes County, had been "quietly quarantined in April after the state learned that 125 potentially infected deer had been transported to them from Pennsylvania." Quietly quarantined? Since April??
Witnesses said a black bear cub estimated to be only a month old showed up Sunday at an Ashland, Ore. hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid where it wandered up and down the aisles until it could be caught. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife captured the cub and planned to place it in a rehab center or a zoo. KGW.com.
Bear-hunting dogs that attacked and injured a camper and her two dogs in a Graham County, NC Forest Service wilderness area Oct. 13 don't fall under the state's dangerous dog law, making the owners exempt from criminal prosecution. A Forest Service official said the agency declined to pursue charges, and Graham County Sheriff Mickey Anderson said any action was up to the Forest Service. Asheville Citizen-Times.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials report that in recent weeks mule deer in hunt areas 84 and 36 have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first time the disease has been confirmed in those areas. The new CWD cases bring the disease’s leading edge closer to Jackson Hole’s fed elk herds and fill in previously CWD-free hunt areas on the map. Jackson Hole News and Guide.
The Key West Keynoter reports no charges were filed against an iguana that was apparently harrassed by an Alabama tourist who alleged the reptile bit her toe. According to officer Brenda Sellers, witnesses said Amy Russell, 39, was "pushing her foot toward the iguana, antagonizing it. Upon showing her toe with bright red toenail polish, (Sellers) was squeezing her toe like she was trying to make it look red," the officer wrote, "but no injury was visible."
A black bear cub estimated to be six months old was found dead in New York City's Central Park last week, apparently killed by a car. But how it got to the center of the country's largest city remains a mystery. The last time a bear was shot in the Big Apple was 1630. “This is a highly unusual situation,” said Elizabeth Kaledin, a spokeswoman for the Central Park Conservancy. “It’s awful.” NY Times.
A security camera at the home of David Tang in San Jose, Calif. captured the image of a full-grown mountain lion atop his Toyote Camry in the early morning ours of Oct. 7. “People walk around here at night time and walk their dogs,” he said. “So it’s dangerous for the people if they don’t know,” he said. WUSA.com.
Howard Cocks Dickinson IV, 78, crossed over to the other side at 4:20 am on October 8, 2014. As he begins his new journey we wish him: Fair Winds & Following Seas, Tight Loops & Fish On, Sharp Knives & Good Food, Steady Points & Crossing Shots, A Sharp Saw & Sound Wood, Voice Votes with Unanimous Consent & Bipartisanship, and a room full of women with an open bar! The Conway (NH) Daily Sun.
A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy and officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife successfully freed a large black bear that became trapped inside a parked sedan in Castle Pines Monday night, but not before the bruin smashed the car's windshield and inflicted serioius damage to the interior. A tweet from the deputy read: "Bear unharmed, car was not!" Denver Post.
In coming months, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lose at least 20 veteran biologists, wildlife managers and assistant chiefs to retirement -- roughly 600 years of experience. “It’s not unique to West Virginia. It’s happening all over the country,” said DNR Chief Curtis Taylor. "We need to fill jobs top to bottom." Chris Lawrence in Metro News.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture reports a third deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease at Wilderness Whitetails private hunting preserve in Marathon County, all within the past year. A state-imposed, five-year quarantine on the facility permits the owner to move deer between his preserve and three game farms and to continue hunts, but he cannot sell live deer. Wausau Daily Herald.
A Governor's Drug Task force helicopter operated by the Georgia State Police alerted Bartow County law enforcement authorities of suspected marijuana being grown at the Cartersville residence of Dwayne Perry this week. When deputies, along with a K-9 unit, swarmed the property in response, they found Perry's okra plants. "Here I am, at home and retired and you know I do the right thing,” Perry said. “Then they come to my house strapped with weapons for no reason. It ain't right." WSB-TV.com.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture reported today that a captive herd comprised of 356 deer was destroyed on a north central Iowa preserve in late August after about 280 tested postive for chronic wasting disease. "This is what happens when you allow disease to sit and percolate on a game farm," said Bryan Richards, the chronic wasting disease project leader at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center. The Des Moines Register and The Indianapolis Star.
For the second time in a year, the U.S. Forest Service has found a major illegal marijuana-growing operation on lands it manages near Aspen, Colo. Alerted by hunters who smelled the crop, about a dozen Forest Service workers assisted by Drug Enforcement Administration agents removed 2,630 mature plants estimated to have a street value exceeding $6 million Wednesday and packed them out. Aspen Times.
One might say those who supported creating a hunting season for American crows in Utah may be metaphorically dining on the species this week, after the first session has ended with only one bird reported killed. "With the price of gasoline and steel shot, I don’t see many people going out to shoot a bird that doesn’t put any bacon on the table," said Bill Fenimore, a member of the Utah Wildlife Board who voted against the hunt. SLC Tribune.
Through the issuance today of an unusual executive order, Pennsylvania Game Commission Director R. Matthew Hough has closed all hunting and trapping seasons in seven northeastern townships where the search continues for a fugitive wanted in the Sept. 12 shooting death of a state police trooper. The closure affects all private and public lands, including the portions of State Game Lands 180, 183 and 221 located within those townships. Pa. Game Commission.
A man driving a UHaul rental truck from New Hampshire to Florida made a quick I-95 exit to a Virginia car dealership when a 5-foot snake crawled out from inside the vehicle's dashboard. After several unsuccessful attempts to corral the reptile, Critter Control of Virginia Beach operator Lucky Streich (yeah, like that's his real name) removed it using ice packs. ”We’ve had snake calls, but not so much with someone pulling off the highway with a snake under their dash,” Lucky said. WTVR.
Authorities in Pine County, Minn. say a hunter was tracking a bear he wounded when the animal charged him in early morning darkness Saturday, knocking him to the ground, while clawing and biting him repeatedly. The victim was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he was listed in stable condition. AP.
The art of obituary writing is quickly disappearing from today's journalism, as are many other facets of the profession. That's why here at the Outdoor Pressroom, we felt obliged to share the annoucement of the passing of Raymond Alan "Big Al" Brownley of Pittsburgh, Pa., whose funeral will be held today. Big Al was known for his timeless words of wisdom, including "Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid," and "Don't be a jackass." Read a fine tribute to him in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Under pressure from media and members of Congress, US Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell sought to clarify proposed rules that would restrict photography and filmmaking in designated wilderness areas in a statement hastily issued yesterday. “The fact is, the directive pertains to commercial photography and filming only – if you’re there to gather news or take recreational photographs, no permit would be required. We take your First Amendment rights very seriously,” said Tidwell. Flathead Beacon.