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  • November 29, 2010

    The Bear Bladder Black Market-3

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    The remains of a black bear cub were found in a garbage bag along the border of the Quanitco Marine Corps base and Prince William Forest Park in Virginia recently. Investigator's found that the bear's gallbladder was removed, and believe the mutilation was related to the international black market trade of bear bile and gallbladders, which are valuable in Asiatic medicines.

    "For the purposes of traditional Chinese medicine, the bear is a walking drugstore," reported the TRAFFIC Network, a wildlife trade-monitoring group. "Many parts of the bear, from fat to brain to spinal cord, have been used for millennia. The most coveted medicinal part of the bear is the bile within the gall bladder, which gram for gram can exceed the cost of narcotics."

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  • November 24, 2010

    Support for Stricter Gun Laws at 20-Year Low-0

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    For the second consecutive year, a poll conducted by one of the country’s most respected public opinion companies has found that Americans’ support of additional firearms ownership restrictions remains at its lowest level in decades.

    Gallup’s annual crime poll, conducted in October and made public this week, found a record-low 44 percent of Americans believe laws governing the sale of firearms should be made stricter, while 42 percent believe gun laws should be kept as they are now.

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  • November 22, 2010

    A New Low Even For a Poacher-8

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    Regular readers of the Newshound blog during the past four years may recall dozens of references to the nefarious—and often the lame-brained—activities carried out by poachers and game law violators. But this week’s actions by an Idaho poacher are, hands-down, the most wicked and vindictive we’ve ever witnessed.

    The Idaho Fish and Game Department reports it received a letter and photographs last Friday from someone who not only admitted poaching several big game animals, but also shamelessly taunted the agency.

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  • November 19, 2010

    Mallard Migration Status-0

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    Every week, over 100 Ducks Unlimited biologists, wildlife managers and other experts rank the progress of mallard migration in their areas. They compile their data to bring you a map showing the status of the mallard migration.

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  • November 18, 2010

    Fishing Fraud Fingered, Fined-1

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    A Chicago-area angler who has fraudulently used a resident Ontario fishing license for 17 years was recently outed by a savvy conservation officer and last week was fined a total of $5,000 in a provincial Court of Justice.

    And all because he couldn’t identify the 89-year-old Ontario icon, Mayor Hazel McCallion.

    When Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer Tim Neidenbach stopped Wojciech Rzepka for a routine boat inspection on Lac Seul, near Ear Falls on Aug. 20, the officer noticed the angler’s Ontario Outdoors Card and fishing tag identified him as a resident of the city of Mississauga, Ont.

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  • November 17, 2010

    Bear Victim Sues Guide, Church Group-21

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    As hunters, we have to accept that there is a certain amount of inherent risk involved our sport. After all, we're dealing with mother nature, and she can be as powerful as she is unpredictable.

    Most hunters get this. Most of us understand that when we go afield we alone are responsible for our actions and their given consequences. But this isn't always the case.

    Virgil Massey, of Barstow, California, is suing a Montana guide and a church group following a tragic hunt he went on in 2007 -- during the hunt he was mauled by a grizzly and lost his eye.

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  • November 16, 2010

    Bang for the Buck-2

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    The first thing Hixton, Wisc. bowhunter Rodney Hurst did when he spotted the 10-point buck dragging what appeared to be an expired 12-pointer was to use his cell phone to call the state Department of Natural Resources in order to clarify the hunting regulations regarding the unique situation.

    “A buddy of mine was combining corn and so I decided just to stand along side of his corn field and then all of a sudden here they came,” Hurst told WEAU-TV.

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  • November 15, 2010

    Tough Mother Foils Robbery-2

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    We all know Gert Boyle as the stern and humorless head of Columbia Sportswear, who used her son Tim as a lab rat to test their gear in a number of hilarious television commercials. Her moniker, “One Tough Mother,” took on a new meaning for a would-be robber and kidnapper last week.

    According to a report on AOL News, Boyle returned to her West Linn, Oregon, home last Wednesday to find a man in her driveway posing as a deliveryman. The man approached the 86-year-old Boyle, drew a gun and ordered her to lead him into her home. She complied with his initial request, but as she was disarming her home’s security system, she tripped a silent alarm that notified local authorities that help was needed.

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  • November 11, 2010

    Nurse Kills Record Florida Gator-2

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    Robert "Tres" Ammerman is officially the coolest male nurse in the world.

    What sets Ammerman high and above the other hardworking men in his profession, a profession unfairly ridiculed and all too often made to be the butt of mean spirited jokes? How about the fact that on Halloween night he took a 14-foot 3 ½ inch, 645-pound alligator in Florida? Yeah, I thought that’d shut you up.

    For the past seven years Ammerman has participated in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) annual statewide alligator harvest and has three life-size mounts of alligators measuring over 13 feet in length in his home to prove the type of success he’s had. But the alligator he and hunting partners Sam Whiteand and T.J. Schauf took from the Lake Washington area of the St. Johns River in Brevard County could be the alligator of a lifetime.

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  • November 11, 2010

    Mountain Lion Sighting in Delaware-3

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    For years mountain lions have been popping up in the Midwest and Northeast outside of their normal home ranges. Now police are investigating a lion sighting in Pike Creek, Delaware, which is located just 41 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

    A 45-year-old man was walking his dog just after midnight on Wednesday when he spotted a cougar watching him from beneath a tree. The man's dog began acting strangely and tried to pull him toward a nearby wooded area. That's when the man spotted the lion, according to msn.com.

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