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  • September 30, 2010

    The Bear Woman of Mendocino County-10

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    Think that old woman who lives down your street with 25 different cats is crazy? Well, she's got nothing on Lynne Gravier of Mendocino County, California. Gravier, 76, has been arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of feeding up to 14 different bears, according to a story by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Gravier is accused of buying 6,000 pounds of rolled and cracked corn a month to feed bears on her her 40-acre property. By feeding the bears year after year, she has essentially domesticated the bruins, naming some of them Wombat, Smiley, Goofy, Connie and Biggie.

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  • September 30, 2010

    Scrapping Guns a Waste-3

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    An efficiency report prepared for the City of Tulsa suggests the police department there could make a substantial profit by auctioning confiscated guns to licensed firearms dealers instead of melting them down into scrap metal, as it has each year since 1987.

    Sound like a no-brainer? One would think so, especially during times of tight municipal budgets and heightened fiscal awareness.

    The independent efficiency review of Tulsa’s government completed this month by global auditing and management consulting firm KPMG included 1,100 recommendations for changes aimed at making the city more efficient, as well as increasing revenue and saving money.

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  • September 29, 2010

    Be Smart When You Go Off Road-6

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    Often times, finding the best hunting spot means getting as far away from the crowds as possible. These days more and more hunters are doing so by hopping in their all-terrain vehicle or four-wheel drive truck (obviously while keeping on legal trails and off fragile habitat). Hunting and off-roading just seem to go hand in had, after all, we all have our favorite hunting vehicles right?

    But it never hurts to brush up on safety practices for off-roading before the season starts, and that's where the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association comes in. Sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha, the association is hosting an online course that covers key driving risks, safe riding practices and proper vehicle operation.

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  • September 28, 2010

    Outdoor Channel rolls up its sleeves-0

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    The Outdoor Channel teamed up with Time Warner Cable to do some good in the New York City area this weekend. The two media companies went to William H. Pouch Scout Camp to clean trails and open spaces along with Boy Scout volunteers. Pouch Camp is the only scout camp in New York City and stretches across 143 acres on Staten Island.

    The camp is extra important because it gives city kids a chance to experience nature first hand. And in an era when school, video games, after-school sports and the Internet all battle for kids' attention, a little time away at camp is a good thing.

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  • September 24, 2010

    Would You Eat This?-13

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    As an employee for Outdoor Life, I didn't think there would ever come a day when I would be writing about Lady Gaga, but here it is (if you don't know who Lady Gaga is, think Madonna from the 80s plus Brittney Spears after she went crazy).

    Last week the singer wore a 50-pound dress made of meat to the the Video Music Awards that was designed by Argentinian fashion designer Franc Fernandez. The dress created a buzz among the media, disgusted some people, made other folks hungry and of course drew plenty of ire from PETA.

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  • September 23, 2010

    Bears on a Rampage … In Florida?-7

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    As black bears continue to expand their range across the country, suburbanites are learning what it's like to live with the mischievous creatures. But the first introductions have not always been pleasant.

    This week a family house cat was allegedly killed by a black bear in a suburb south of Orlando, according to local news site clickerlando.com.

    "(A bear) killed my cat. My kids found (the cat) while they were playing football in this field. (The cat) was mutilated," Marjie Abed told the site.

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  • September 21, 2010

    Bowhunting Icon Glenn St. Charles, 98-1

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    Glenn St. Charles, bowyer, archery pioneer and one of the principals often credited with legitimizing the bow and arrow for big game hunting in the U.S. during the mid-twentieth century, died Sunday, Sept. 19 in Seattle at the age of 98.

    Shortly after World War II, St. Charles opened an archery shop in the Seattle area and began producing the Thunderbird, a top-flight recurve bow that quickly became popular among the top archers and bowhunters of the era. He began a relationship with Bear Archery and Fred Bear in 1948 that later involved bowhunting trips to Canada and Alaska, including his appearance in some of Bear’s popular bowhunting adventure movies.

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  • September 20, 2010

    Leaky Well is Dead, Obama and Hayward Make Promises-5

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    Government officials announced on Sunday that B.P.'s Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is dead and no more oil is leaking into the ocean. The announcement came five months after the well exploded and about 205 million gallons of oil spilled into one of the best fishing regions in the United States.

    "Today, we achieved an important milestone in our response to the BP oil spill – the final termination of the damaged well that sat deep under the Gulf of Mexico," President Barack Obama said in a statement over the weekend. "However, while we have seen a diminished need for our massive response that encompassed more than 40,000 people, 7,000 vessels and the coordination of dozens of federal, state and local agencies and other partners, we also remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster."

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  • September 17, 2010

    Two Days, Two Bear Attacks-8

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    As more hunting seasons open up, more hunters will head out into the woods and chances for animal attacks increase. In the last week, two hunters learned this lesson first hand.

    Last Sunday Matt Menge was out bowhunting in the Madison River drainage in Montana when he was ambushed by a grizzly bear, according to local newspaper the Madisonian. Menge was walking through thick timber when he heard some snapping and crunching coming his way. 

    Before he could get to his bear spray, the grizzly was on top of him. The attack was a short one and Menge survived the encounter with some lacerations, head injuries and a broken forearm according to the newspaper.

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  • September 16, 2010

    Burial at Sea? Who Knew?-2

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    Let’s see a show of hands from those who knew that a burial at sea remains a viable and legal option for an individual who wishes to send off the non-cremated remains of a dearly beloved. Anyone?

    In accordance with his final wishes, when Daniel Lasky, 48, of Hickory, NC died earlier this month of Lou Gehrig’s disease, his family put his body on dry ice, drove it to South Florida, chartered a boat, said their goodbyes and released him into the sea. Family members then fished for a spell in Lasky’s memory before returning to shore.

    A day later, a fisherman spotted Lasky’s body about 4 1/2 miles off Port Everglades and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard. 

    Oops.

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