Humorist Ed Zern built his writing career poking fun at the lack of honesty and integrity practiced by American anglers. We wonder what he'd write today when Florida coastal fishermen periodically net bales of marijuana, otherwise known as "square grouper," or last week's catch by five honest anglers south of the Destin East Pass--25 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $2.5 million. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office press release.
Mystery surrounds the appearance of an alleged photograph of Georgia farmer George W. Perry and the 22-pound, 4-ounce world record largemouth he caught June 2, 1932. Longtime Augusta Chronicle outdoors writer Bill Baab, whose Remembering George W. Perry is considered the most detailed account of Perry and his catch, received the photo in an email on the anniversay of the historic catch, but he knows little else about its source and potential authenticity. We say "photoshop." Rob Pavey in the Chronicle.
After a week in the hospital and 66 vials of antivenin, an 11-year-old Florida boy bitten by a diamondback rattlesnake was ready to go home. Doctors who treated Benjamin Smith said the amount of antivenin was more than twice what is considered the top range for a life-threatening snakebite -- because the snake was a diamondback and because he was bitten on his right quad muscle, which worsened the effects of the bite. Gainesville Sun.
As more people follow the current fad of raising backyard poultry in rural and semi-rural areas, it comes as no surprise to wildlife managers that conflicts are sure to arise. Like the black bear that was recently trapped and euthanized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials after it killed about 30 chickens near Paonia. Wildlife authorites warn that a simple fence is not enough to keep predators and other critters away from their small livestock.
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissioner David Jenniings, who was viewed by some sportsmen's groups as more environmentalist than hunter, was not confirmed by the Senate Natural Resources Committee and will apparently be removed from his seat, reports Rich Sanders in The Spokesman-Review. Jennings was introduced as a birder, scuba diver and environmental advocate when appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2009.
We've all heard about bagging deer, but when was the last time you heard of one being un-bagged? That's what Monroe County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputies did early Sunday morning after spotting a diminutive key deer with a Doritos chip bag stuck on its head. "It must have wanted that last chip in the bottom of the bag," said Deputy Becky Herrin. The deer stood clamly as the bag was removed, then scampered safely away. S. Florida Sun-Sentinel.
These days, game and fish investigators increasely are turning to social media to track down ne'er-do-wells who break wildlife laws. An anonymous tip led Florida Fish & Wildlife authorities to four men after a Facebook post showed two of them posing with freshly taken wild turkeys and one with an alligator. In all, after a two-day investigation, FWC officials issued a total of 13 misdemeanors and two infractions. FWC and S. Florida Sun Sentinel.
Residents of Bear Valley Springs, Calif. are faced with wildlife problems not unlike other cities invaded by messy and problematic scavenger vulture species. Except the California Condor has special protection under the endangered species act. They have covered porches in feces, destroyed door mats, chewed air conditioners, and picked apart roof shingles. "We had about 30 of them," said one resident. "There was a point where we were afraid to leave our house because of what we would find when we would come back." KGET.
Two New Jersey shark tournament anglers got a surprise when a 303-pound, 8-foot, 4-inch mako shark leapt into the bow of their 31-foot boat and proceeded to eat the watercraft. “At first we were in shock when he was in the boat. Then he started thrashing and we were like ‘Oh My God, we have a big problem, this thing is going to eat us,’ ” said Capt. Tom Rostron, Jr. CentralJersey.com.
Despite its unanimous 95-0 approval in the Wisconsin Assembly, a measure to expand the use of crossbows into the state's regular archery deer season is not likely to see action in the Senate in time to implement for this fall's hunting season, writes Paul Smith in today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The Senate has only one floor day in June to consider non-budget items, likely not enough time to schedule a hearing and vote.
The results of research published this week in the journal Ecology indicate that high concentrations of nitrogen-rich deer urine in northern Michigan forests is negatively impacting stands of hemlock. "Herbivores like deer interact with the ecosystem in two ways. One is by eating plants and the other is by excreting nutrients," said Bryan Murray, an ecologist at Michigan Tech University. "Urine can be a really high nitrogenresource, and hemlock can be out-competed by other species in really high nitrogen environments." LiveScience.com.
Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended from school for 10 days because he was heard talking ablout guns with friends on the school bus. "The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word 'gun' in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days," Henkelman said in an interview with WMAL.com. National Review and Opposing Views.
Authorities in St. Paul, Minn. made an extensive search around an area of the 700 block of Grand Ave. around 10:30 p.m. one night last week stoodwere on a nearby apartment deck claimed they saw the animal. There have been 14 confirmed sightings of mountain lions in Minnesota since 2007, according to the DNR. St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Police in Cottonwood Heights, Utah report a deer dashed into rush-hour traffic Tuesday and leapt onto a moving motorcycle, knocking the cyclist to the ground while it continued to ride the bike. The 19-year-old rider, who was wearing protective gear, slid about 100 yards and suffered little more than "road rash." The doe was not as fortunate, and it was not wearing a helmet, as required by Utah statute for those 17 and under. Police Sgt. Scott Peck described the incident as "kind of a first." KSL.
A woman attending an outdoors Beach Boys concert in Council Bluffs, Iowa last week was knocked out by a whitetail buck as it leapt over a railing at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. "All of a sudden, I looked over and she was lying on her face on the ground," said Judy Leinen's husband, Larry. "She was knocked unconscious, just temporarily." Mrs. Leinen was treated with morphine for a mild concussion at a local medical center. Morphine? Fun, Fun Fun!! The Daily Nonpareil.
Family and friends of the late Stanley Rehder, whose memorial Venus flytrap garden at a Wilmington, NC park was targeted by theives in late May, were devestated to discover that more than 1,000--about 90 percent--of the unique plants are missing. Rehder, who died in October, was known as the "flytrap man," and served as spokesman and public advocate for the rare plants, which only grow naturally within 60 to 90 miles of Wilmington. Star-News.
Registration is now open for Marine Corps Base Quantico’s first snakehead fishing tournament, which will consist of 24 hours of competitive fishing, by hook and line as well as bow, in all waters on and around the base that are open to the public. Fishing will begin at 3 p.m., June 7, 2013, and culminate with a weigh-in party featuring prizes, live music, wildlife exhibits, craft demonstrations and more the following afternoon.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has been helping with the tornado cleanup in the Moore area is using debris from destroyed businesses and farms to make “spider blocks” to sink in state lakes as fish attractors.The structures are concrete blocks with bendable plastic pipes protruding from the top. Ed Godfrey in The Oklahoman.
The 8-year-old Maryland boy who was suspended from school for two days after he chewed a Pop Tart into the shape of a pistol was presented a National Rifle Association life membership by the state's Republican House Minory Leader during an Anne Arundel County Republican fundraiser on Wednesday, a gesture labeled as "outrageous" by a school spokesperson. Washington Examiner and The Baltimore Sun.
In a two-week program beginning May 13, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game killed 89 bears — 84 black bears and five grizzlies — and delivered nearly 4 tons of bear meat to residents in eight villages in western Interior Alaska as part of a predator control program designed to increase the number of moose in in game management unit 19A along the Kuskokwim River. Tim Mowry in the Fairbanks News-Miner.
An incorrect computer file was downloaded by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department this week resulting in email notifications being sent to approximately 2,000 applicants, erroneously advising them they'd successfully drawn a once-in-a-lifetime 2013 bighorn sheep tag. The error was detected and subsequent emails were sent to correct the error. Only five tags are being issued for two Black Hills units this year.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday tossed a challenge to the state's planned wolf hunting and trapping season, singaling the possible end of the litigious onslaught launched by anti-hunting groups the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves against the state DNR. Mnpls Star-Tribune.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will permit the South Florida man who caught and killed the longest Burmese python ever found in Florida to keep the snakeskin. Jason Leon used a knife to killthe 18-foot, 8-inch, 128-pount invasive snake in rural Miami-Dade County on May 11. "Look at the pattern on that snake," he said. "I see God's creation, I guess, an artist." Tampa Tribune.